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William Janeway will lead the Adirondack Council. Photo: Adirondack Council
William Janeway will lead the Adirondack Council. Photo: Adirondack Council

DEC official to lead Adirondack Council

The Adirondack Council announced Tuesday afternoon that top DEC official William Janeway, who currently serves as regional director for the Hudson Valley and the Catskills, will lead the environmental organization.  Go to full article
Diane Fish will take over as acting executive director of the Adirondack Council in October (Photo: Adirondack Council)
Diane Fish will take over as acting executive director of the Adirondack Council in October (Photo: Adirondack Council)

Lake Placid resident to take helm at Adirondack Council

This fall, the Adirondack Council's long-time executive director Brian Houseal will step aside. Diane Fish will now the Park's largest green group for the next twelve months. She is a Lake Placid resident who has lived in the Park for the last fifteen years.

Fish sat down with Brian Mann last week during a visit to Long Lake. She was there for the Common Ground Alliance meeting with local government leaders and other non-profit groups. Fish says she hopes to take over as the Council's permanent executive director and plans to focus her time on reforming the way state officials manage the Park.  Go to full article
Brian Houseal will step down after October (Photo provided by Adirondack Council)
Brian Houseal will step down after October (Photo provided by Adirondack Council)

Houseal steps down after decade leading Adirondack Council

After a decade of pushing environmental causes, negotiating with local government leaders and working to build new consensus on some of the Park's thorniest issues, Brian Houseal is stepping down as head of the Adirondack Council. Spokesman John Sheehan said the green group, the Adirondacks' largest and most influential, is "well-equipped for the transition." Todd Moe has details.  Go to full article
Environmental activists like Richard Brummel suffered a major defeat last week. Photos: Brian Mann
Environmental activists like Richard Brummel suffered a major defeat last week. Photos: Brian Mann

Disarray in Adirondack environmental community, defeat on Tupper resort

Last week's decision by the Adirondack Park Agency to allow construction of a massive new resort in Tupper Lake was a major defeat for environmental groups. Developers of the Adirondack Club and Resort won permission to build more than 700 luxury homes and condos, much of it on timberland that borders the High Peaks Wilderness.

Green activists spent much of the last decade opposing the project, insisting that it would set dangerous precedents for future development. But debate over the resort came at a time when once-powerful environmental groups were disintegrating, faltering under financial strain and deeply divided over the movement's agenda.

As Brian Mann reports, last week's vote could signal a balance of power in Park debates as environmentalists scramble to regroup.  Go to full article
The $100 million is a good start. But itís not going to do very much more than scratch the surface the first year.

Green groups want more from Cuomo partnership plan

Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a green jobs plan in his State of the State address that includes $100 million dollars to promote smart growth and sustainability projects. While environmental groups like the idea, some say it's under-funded from the start. The Innovation Trail's Dan Bazile has more.  Go to full article

Momentum builds for Adirondack economic zone

A movement to establish an economic zone uniting the Adirondack Park is gaining momentum and encouraging new cooperation. A new caucus of the region's Albany lawmakers has reached out beyond party lines, and the economic zone could be an early success.

It won key approval last week from a broad coalition of elected officials, environmental groups and community activists. Chris Morris reports.  Go to full article
Adirondack Council's ties to APA scrutinized
Adirondack Council's ties to APA scrutinized

Critics, lawsuit claim Adirondack Council sways APA decisions unfairly

For years, critics have claimed that a prominent environmental group called the Adirondack Council holds too much sway over decisions made by the Adirondack Park Agency. Nearly half of the public members now sitting on the Park Agency commission are former members of the Council's board of directors. State officials say safeguards are in place, preventing any outside group from influencing the APA's deliberations unfairly. But a lawsuit filed in November claims that Park Agency worked secretly with the Council, targeting a real estate developer in Clinton County. Brian Man has our special report.  Go to full article

Businessman sues Adirondack green group for $2.1 million

An Adirondack businessman is suing the Adirondack Council, hoping to win more than 2 million dollars in damages. Leroy Douglas, from the town of Black Brook, claims that the green group intervened illegally in a state enforcement case involving his property. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

APA & cell companies, move to close cell-phone gaps

The Adirondack Park Agency approved two new cell phone towers yesterday. Verizon and T-Mobile will build separate towers near the High Peaks rest stop on the Adirondack Northway. These projects come at a time when cell phone service in the Park is expanding rapidly, after years of debate and delay. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
In their first year, APA chair Curt Stiles (right) and DEC chair Pete Grannis have drawn praise. Photo:  Brian Mann
In their first year, APA chair Curt Stiles (right) and DEC chair Pete Grannis have drawn praise. Photo: Brian Mann

Surprising amount of love between the Adirondacks and Albany

When Republican Governor George Pataki left office, local leaders in the Adirondack Park worried that tensions with Albany and with environmental groups would escalate. The Glens Falls Post-Star published an editorial arguing that it might be time to do away with the Adirondack Park Agency. But as Brian Mann reports, all sides say ties between Park leaders and Albany have actually improved dramatically.  Go to full article

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