Glennon was an attorney and executive director at the APA during one of its most turbulent eras, a time when conflict was the rule and the tiny state agency’s very existence was viewed as an affront by many locals.
He hasn’t exactly been absent from the scene in recent years. He worked for the New York state Attorney General during a time when environmental and Park issues were being litigated fairly regularly.
My first impressions? A smart, funny guy who likes to mix it up, who seemed to relish — or at least value — the idea of conflict.
Where others in the Park seem ready to bury the hatchet, Glennon made an impassioned argument that “peace in the kingdom” can’t be the top priority.
He even chided other environmentalists for partnering recently with “strange bedfellows.” He cited Brian Houseal, head of the Adirondack Council, who has worked to develop the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance with local government leaders.
And he pointed to environmental activist and Adirondack Explorer publisher Dick Beamish, who has partnered with snowmobile activist Jim McCulley in the “rails-to-trails” debate.
Finally, Glennon suggests that the recent Adirondack Club and Resort decision by the APA will spark a revival of a more vibrant, activist green movement in the Park.
So check out our conversation here and then chime in. Do you think it’s time for a return to a more head-to-head debate in the Park? Do you want more fire and vinegar?
Or do you think the “common ground” era is a good direction for various factions to take?