I interviewed the Adirondack Council’s Brian Houseal a short time ago. He said that his sudden departure was a personal decision, one that he made on his own initiative. We’ll have more on this tomorrow during the 8...
Westport, NY, Jun 29, 2012 — 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
In their first year, APA chair Curt Stiles (right) and DEC chair Pete Grannis have drawn praise. Photo: Brian Mann
Mar 27, 2008 — 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
Rep. McHugh, ADK's Woodworth, and Adk Council's Houseal push acid rain bill (Source: Rep. McHugh)
Oct 29, 2007 — Congressman McHugh was in Wilmington on Saturday to unveil aggressive new legislation designed to cut acid rain and reduce green house gases. McHugh says he'll formally introduce the bill today in Washington. If passed and signed into law, it would force electric utilities to sharply reduce smokestack emissions from big coal-burning plants in the Midwest. A similar measure proposed by Governor Spitzer would cut smokestack emissions here in New York state. Pro-environment groups praised the measures. But as Brian Mann reports, Congressman McHugh's bill faces a tough fight in Washington. Go to full article
Mar 10, 2005 — The Bush Administration suffered a major defeat yesterday in the Senate. The Clear Skies initiative failed to pass a key committee vote, thanks in part to opposition from Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords and New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clear Skies had been hailed by the power industry and by some pro-environment groups as a way to replace outdated pollution control laws. Opponents described the plan as a gift to coal-fired power plants in the Midwest that are blamed for much of the acid rain and Mercury pollution that hits the north country. Brian Mann reports. Go to full article