At yesterday’s Adirondack Park Agency meeting in Ray Brook, one of the citizens who spoke during the public comment period accused state officials of trying to “crucify” him.
Sometimes the rhetoric runs hot where the APA is concerned. Chris Knight reported recently in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that the state agency has now convened a new committee designed to address this sort of criticism.
The “Public Awareness and Communications Committee” will be led by Bill Valentino and also includes commissioners Richard Booth, former local government leader Frank Mezzano, and former Republican assemblywoman Deedee Scozzafava, who now sits on the APA board.
“You don’t have to be here long, and I’ve only been here a year, to be aware of outside comments that don’t really reflect the reality of what we’re trying to do here or what’s happening on the ground,” Valentino said at the outset of the committee’s meeting last month.
“I think what the committee’s trying to find is a different way to set the record straight. I think it’s important to set the record straight because it’s in the public interest to set the record straight.”
This move comes following a year of sometimes bruising publicity for the APA and at a time when there is a lot of uncertainty about new leadership and direction.
So what do you think? Is the Park Agency getting bashed unfairly? And if so, is this the right way to go about addressing “misinformation”?