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Governor Andrew Cuomo, who visited Saranac Lake on Sunday, played a personal role in crafting the Finch wilderness deal. Photo:  Mark Kurtz
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who visited Saranac Lake on Sunday, played a personal role in crafting the Finch wilderness deal. Photo: Mark Kurtz

How Cuomo shaped new Adirondack wilderness

Later this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign off on a vast new wilderness and primitive area in the Adirondacks.

The classification deal for the former Finch lands was formally approved on Friday by the Adirondack Park Agency. But many of its details were crafted by the governor himself and by his staff in Albany.

Cuomo has taken an active role in the Finch conservation deal for more than a year, often pushing state officials, environmentalists and local government leaders to reach a compromise.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo made a surprise visit to the Adirondacks this week to talk about the Finch Pruyn deal.
Governor Andrew Cuomo made a surprise visit to the Adirondacks this week to talk about the Finch Pruyn deal.

Governor Cuomo intervenes in Finch land process

Governor Andrew Cuomo made a surprise visit to the Adirondacks yesterday, meeting with the Adirondack Nature Conservancy at Follensby Pond near Tupper Lake and then talking with local government leaders at Gore Mountain near North Creek.

The topic on the table was the Finch Pruyn Land deal. The Adirondack Park Agency is currently in the process of classifying tens of thousands of acres of new lands that are being added to the protected forest preserve.

Brian Mann joins me now in the studio to talk about the governor's visit. Brian, why did the governor turn up suddenly like this?  Go to full article
APA chairwoman Lani Ulrich. Photo: Mark Kurtz
APA chairwoman Lani Ulrich. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Green group says APA documents show unfair review of Big Tupper resort

Last week, an environmental group called Protect the Adirondacks released a new bundle of documents as part of its lawsuit attempting to block construction of a new resort in Tupper Lake. The group claims that the documents show new evidence of illegal communication between top Adirondack Park Agency officials and an attorney for the resort's developers.

The release comes as Protect the Adirondacks faces intense political pressure to drop its lawsuit. Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann has been following this story closely and he joined Martha Foley to talk about the case.  Go to full article
Lani Ulrich takes helm at APA. Photo: APA
Lani Ulrich takes helm at APA. Photo: APA

Ulrich tapped as first woman to chair Adirondack Park Agency

Governor Andrew Cuomo made history yesterday when he chose Lani Ulrich as the first woman ever to lead the Adirondack Park Agency. The Old Forge resident takes over immediately and will guide the APA as it makes a decision on the controversial Adirondack Club and Resort project in Tupper Lake.

The governor also made history by picking a St. Lawrence County resident to sit on the commission for the first time. Sherman Craig is a woodworker and former teacher from Wanakena. As Brian Mann reports, yesterday's announcement leaves a couple of big unanswered questions.  Go to full article
Will Old Forge's Lani Ulrich be the next APA chairperson?  Photo:  Brian Mann
Will Old Forge's Lani Ulrich be the next APA chairperson? Photo: Brian Mann

APA wrestles with historic resort questions without top leadership

The Adirondack Park Agency is meeting again this week without a chairperson and with many of its board members serving expired terms.

Three months have passed since the last chairman, Curt Stiles, stepped down.

So far, Governor Andrew Cuomo has given no sign of who might be chosen to lead the APA, either as a permanent or interim chair.

That matters because the APA is preparing to make a final decision on one of the most controversial projects ever proposed - the Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake.

The staff is also wrestling with continued complications with another big resort project in North Creek. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Taps Old Forge Resident For APA Board

Governor Pataki has named an Old Forge resident to the Adirondack Park Agency's Board of Commissioners. Lani Ulrich, who heads a non-profit planning group, will fill one of four seats designated for members who live inside the Park Boundaries. Brian Mann spoke with Ulrich Thursday morning.  Go to full article

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