(Correction: Chris Morris at WNBZ writes to tell me that Scozzafava first took her seat on the APA board at last month’s meeting in February.)
Last week, former North Country Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava made her debut appearance in a new role: Adirondack Park Agency commissioner.
Scozzafava was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo last year to serve as Deputy Secretary for Local Government at the Department of State.
DOS has a seat on the APA board and at the March meeting Scozzafava was there representing her agency.
In that capacity, she’ll have the chance to cast some big votes in coming months as the Park Agency takes on issues that include the Adirondack Club and Resort permit.
She’ll also give the keynote address tomorrow at the APA’s Local Government Day in Lake Placid.
Scozzafava served as a Republican and was popular inside her district, but she clashed with national conservatives during a bid for the NY-23 House seat.
She later endorsed Democratic candidates, including Rep. Bill Owens and Gov. Cuomo.
During last week’s meeting, Scozzafava asked a series of questions about how to prepare appropriately for the Big Tupper resort vote, which could come as early a late summer.
One other interesting factor is that Scozzafava, a former village mayor in Gouverneur, brings another “local government” perspective to the panel.
She’ll serve on the APA’s Local Government Services committee.