Jon Alexander is reporting in the Glens Falls Post Star about the political maneuvering that is likely to shape Governor Andrew Cuomo’s picks for the Adirondack Park Agency board.
One interesting detail in the report is that the Adirondack Council, a pro-environment group, says it will now keep mum about who it favors for the commission.
After failing last year to get [Adirondack boatbuilder and environmental activist Peter] Hornbeck through Senate confirmation, the council’s officials are keeping the names of those they’d like to see on the APA board quiet.
“We used to publicize it but we’ve decided that it doesn’t help those on the list so much,” Sheehan said.
“If it was a Democratic governor and Democratic Senate, we wouldn’t have to go to these lengths to keep it quiet.”
As Jon notes, this will be state Senator Betty Little’s biggest opportunity to reshape the APA commission, with five seats up for grabs.
As a member of the Environmental Conservation Committee, she serves as a kind of gatekeeper for appointees, who need Senate confirmation.