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APA Names Computer Scandal Employees

The Adirondack Park Agency has released the names of four employees reprimanded for emailing images of nude women. The scandal, which first broke in August of 2005, led to the resignation of APA director Dan Fitts. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Park Agency Chairman Ross Whaley
Park Agency Chairman Ross Whaley

APA May Reduce Public Comments at Meetings

The Adirondack Park Agency was shaken this summer by a state investigation that found official computers were being used for the transmission of pornography. Executive director Dan Fitts resigned. Four other staff members implicated in the case haven't been named. The APA is now considering a new policy that would shorten the public comment period at monthly meetings. Commissioners have also begun enforcing an existing policy that prevents the public from commenting on agenda items scheduled for a vote. As Brian Mann reports, the move to tighten rules for public input at meetings sparked new criticism for the Agency.  Go to full article
APA executive director Dick LeFebvre
APA executive director Dick LeFebvre

Critic Says New APA Chief Emailed Racy Photo

The Adirondack Park Agency's new executive director has been accused of transmitting a photograph of partially nude women to one of his state employees. Dick LeFebvre took over at the APA in August, following a computer pornography scandal that forced executive director Dan Fitts to resign. LeFebvre had been serving as executive director of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District. The state authority manages dams and reservoirs across the north country. A former employee has filed a written complaint claiming that LeFebvre emailed an improper photo and made inappropriate jokes at a Regulating District office party. As Brian Mann reports, Regulating District officials say they'll investigate the allegation.  Go to full article
APA Chairman Ross Whaley
APA Chairman Ross Whaley

Whaley Says APA Scandal Names will be Disclosed

Four staff members at the APA have been accused of using state-owned computers to store or transmit pornographic images. The activity isn't illegal, but it is a violation of state policy. Critics of the Park Agency and some journalists have urged the APA to disclose the names and make public any sanctions. Chairman Ross Whaley spoke at length yesterday with Brian Mann. Whaley argues that there's no public benefit in revealing the employees' identities. But he concedes that state law will eventually force him to disclose the names. Whaley wouldn't say when the names will be disclosed. An internal review is continuing.  Go to full article
Richard LeFebvre
Richard LeFebvre

LeFebvre to Lead APA

The Adirondack Park Agency has named Dick LeFebvre to serve as the APA's next executive director. LeFebvre replaces Dan Fitts, who resigned earlier this month in the wake of a scandal involving the misuse of office computers. LeFebvre was chair of the APA board until 2002 and had been serving as executive director of the Hudson River Black River Regulating District. As Chris Knight reports, LeFebvre will be asked to help restore the environmental agency's damaged reputation.  Go to full article

Adirondack Park Agency Director Resigns

The head of the Adirondack Park Agency resigned on Friday. Dan Fitts and four other agency staff members were acused of using their office computers to download and share nude photographs of women. The state environmental agency had faced growing public pressure over the scandal. An editorial last week in the Plattsburgh Press Republican called for Fitts to step down, describing him as "well-liked" and "effective" but arguing that his credibility had been ruined. The APA board accepted Fitts's resignation Friday at their meeting in Speculator. Fitts, who led the APA for ten years, had been on unpaid suspension. As Chris Knight reports, the agency has yet to decide the fate of the four other employees.  Go to full article

Update: APA Chief Resigns After Computer Scandal

UPDATE: The head of the Adirondack Park Agency resigned Friday after being accused of using his office computer to download and share images of nude women. Dan Fitts submitted his resignation following two stormy days of meetings in Speculator. The APA board was considering disciplinary action. Four other employees were accused by the state Inpsector General's office of using government computers to download and share "improper" photos of women. It's unclear whether they will be reprimanded. Fitts, who lives in Lake Placid, has led the Agency as executive director for ten years. As Martha Foley reports, the case has been a major distraction for the agency. One member of the board called it "brutal".  Go to full article

APA Considers Punishment for Five Employees

The Adirondack Park Agency met in executive session last night prior to its regular meeting in Lake Pleasant. The agency board is considering possible disciplinary action against five APA employees, including Executive Director Dan Fitts, implicated in an investigation into nude photos on office computers. As Chris Knight reports, a formal decision on their fate may come today or tomorrow.  Go to full article

Adirondack Park Agency Chief Suspended

Adirondack Park Agency chief Daniel Fitts was suspended Friday after an investigation into inappropriate material found on computers at APA headquarters. A report from the state Inspector General's Office says Fitts and four other APA employees had images of nude and partially nude women on their office computers. As Chris Knight reports, the agency board may take further action against those involved before the end of the week.  Go to full article

The APA Faces Disruptions During Fitts Case

Dan Fitts' suspension comes at a particularly difficult time for the Adirondack Park Agency. The APA faces a long list of controversial issues. The state's smallest state agency is also understaffed, swamped by a historically-high level of permit applications. Martha Foley talks with NCPR's Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann.  Go to full article

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