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Dick Lefebvre
Dick Lefebvre

Veteran APA director Lefebvre steps down

The head of the Adirondack Park Agency says he's stepping down next month. Dick Lefebvre has led the APA staff since 2005. He took the post following a pornography scandal that forced the previous executive director to resign. Lefebvre, who lives on Caroga Lake in the southern Adirondacks, was also president of the APA board, after being appointed by Mario Cuomo back in 1993. He also spent two years running the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District. Lefebvre spoke yesterday afternoon with Brian Mann about his decision to leave the APA.  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

APA Appoints New Director, Richard Lefebvre

The Adirondack Park Agency Board officially appointed a new executive director at its meeting Thursday in Ray Brook. Richard Lefebvre takes over for Daniel Fitts, who resigned last month after a report from the state Inspector General found he used his office computer to download and share images of nude women. As Chris Knight reports, Lefebvre's first meeting as executive director was marked by both praise for his hiring and criticism from several agency opponents.  Go to full article

Sacandaga Beach Permits Reconsidered

The agency that operates many of the north country's dams and reservoirs is backing away from a plan to change shoreline access rules on Great Sacandaga Lake. The Hudson River-Black River Regulating District had proposed forcing some property owners to give up their beach access permits when they sell their homes. In the past, those permits transferred with the property. As Brian Mann reports, the move to change the permit rule angered some local people.  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

What's Next for the APA?

As we just heard, Dick LeFebvre will be stepping in as executive director of the Adirondack Park Agency. Todd Moe and NCPR Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann discuss the recent turmoil at the APA and where things go next.  Go to full article
Great Sacandaga Lake
Great Sacandaga Lake

River & Reservoir Agency Faces More Turmoil, Criticism

A senior official with the Hudson River Black River Regulating District has quit and is leveling criticism at the agency's management. The resignation is the latest turmoil for the agency that manages dams and reservoirs across the north country. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Regulating District Manages Great Sacandaga Lake
Regulating District Manages Great Sacandaga Lake

Troubled North Country River Agency Loses Board Members

Governor Pataki says he wants to clean up the state's massive network of public corporations and authorities. But a north country agency that manages many of the region's dams and rivers is facing more turmoil. Two of the Hudson River Black River Regulating District's five boardmembers have quit. The move follows a scathing report that blasted the board for mismanagement and also for awarding themselves generous health benefits. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Altamont: After 18 Years, New Leadership

For the first time in eighteen years, voters in Altamont and Tupper Lake have elected a new town supervisor. Greg LaFrance ran unopposed for the seat left vacant when veteran supervisor Dean Lefebvre stepped down in September. The change follows a year of financial scandal and deep divisions on Altamont's town board. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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