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August, 2016

State Announces Internship Opportunities for Students


The New York State Department of Civil Service has announced that more than 400 internship opportunities are available throughout New York State government across a wide array of State agencies – both upstate and downstate – and reminded students to apply for 2016 Fall semester internships prior to the September 9 application deadline. More than 1,500 students have participated in the Student Intern Program since its launch in February 2012. The Student Intern Program is one component of the New New York Leaders Initiative, which is focused on drawing new and highly-skilled individuals to the State workforce through both a fellowship >>More


July, 2016

Dave Gibson: Testing Gov Cuomo’s Wilderness Convictions


Will the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Park Agency write to urge the U.S. Congress not to gut the federal Wilderness Act of 1964? Would Governor Cuomo allow this or encourage it? Why should these state agencies write to Senators McConnell, Schumer and Gilllibrand to strongly oppose a bill that opens up all federal Wilderness areas to bicycling? Our Adirondack State Land Master Plan echoes the federal Wilderness Act of 1964. Bicycling in Wilderness areas is disallowed in our federal and Adirondack Wilderness (and Primitive, Canoe) areas because bikes are gear-leveraged mechanical transport, a highly complex » Continue >>More


July, 2016

DEC Sweetened Pot With Champlain, Lake George Lands To Close Raquette Lake Land Deal


As part of an effort to resolve a century-old dispute over the ownership of land near Raquette Lake, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has agreed to acquire not only the Marion River carry, but also more than 1,400 acres of land in other parts of the Adirondack Park. In a letter to Assemblyman Steven Englebright, DEC chief Basil Seggos said the state is committed to buying from the Open State Institute 836 acres on Huckleberry Mountain in Warren County and 616 acres along Lake Champlain, including 4,000 feet of shoreline. In addition, Seggos said DEC will be buying “some >>More


June, 2016

Dave Gibson: 2016 Legislative Impact on the Adirondacks


The Daily Gazette in Schenectady opined recently that the latest post-budget legislative session in Albany was an essentially useless, squandered opportunity that didn’t accomplish much of importance to New Yorkers. In many areas, it may be true – much more could have been accomplished. Selectively speaking though, there were some accomplishments and compromises which took significant leadership. One legislative accomplishment was catalyzed by serious PFOA groundwater pollution in Hoosick Falls and other upstate communities. (PFOA is described as a synthetic perfluorinated carboxylic acid and fluorosurfactant.)  If Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the bill it will allow someone to file a claim >>More


June, 2016

Adirondack Council’s Willie Janeway: The End of the Legislative Session


Adirondack Council supporters are grateful to the Legislature for paying careful attention to the needs of Adirondack Park communities at the end of the 2016 session. Some important community initiatives were addressed, with the help of thousands of letters from Council members and others who wrote to lawmakers in support of legislative initiatives proposed by local governments last week. We are environmental advocates and we were pleased to help Adirondack communities achieve legislative successes this year. The park’s 130 rural communities are an important part of our globally unique park. The legislative session that ended on June 18 saw the >>More


June, 2016

State Senate Confirms Basil Seggos As New DEC Commissioner


Basil Seggos was unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate and has become the 15th Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Seggos previously served as both Deputy Secretary for the Environment and Assistant Secretary for the Environment for Governor Andrew Cuomo. Since 2012, Seggos has advised the Governor on environmental policy and overseeing the operations of the state’s environmental agencies, including DEC, the Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation, the Environmental Facilities Corporation, and the Adirondack Park Agency. Prior to working in the Governor’s office, Seggos served as Vice President of Business Development >>More


June, 2016

An Adirondack Response To The Orlando Massacre


All of us reel in horror at the violence in Orlando, Florida on Sunday.  As Coordinator for the Adirondack Diversity Advisory Council I feel it important to respond to this tragedy, just as I feel it important to respond as a human being.  In either capacity I struggle to offer any kind of worthy reaction except to express solidarity with the victims and with all who suffer from the conditions that foster the kind of hate and anger we saw unleashed. Though it is hard to find meaningful words, I think I know the right question to ask.  Where do >>More


March, 2016

Pete Nelson: Slippery Slopes


Last weekend I did a traverse through the Giant Mountain Wilderness, from Chapel Pond over Giant, down to Hopkins and out to Keene Valley. The trail from Giant’s summit down to the col between Giant and Green Mountain is a favorite, a marvelous, unrelenting descent along a forested slope. Last Sunday it was more entertaining than usual. Facing north and covered in trees, the slope had preserved a modest snowpack, but of course it had not escaped the cycle of thaws and freezes we have endured during this odd winter. The result was a mighty slippery hike. » Continue Reading. >>More


January, 2016

Pete Nelson: When “Balance” Becomes Rhetoric


Balance. The very definition of fairness, reason, harmony, and goodwill. Recently here in the Adirondacks, the word balance has been in the air – and why not? What’s not to love?   That’s the beautiful thing about rhetoric. And if I know anything, I know balance has entered the pantheon of Adirondack rhetoric. A significant proportion of policy makers who talk about balance however, have an agenda that implies an imbalance in favor of Forest Preserve protection – a long-standing imbalance that needs to be corrected for the good of local communities. The debate underway now over how our Adirondack Park’s >>More


November, 2015

Immigrants Are Good For The Adirondacks


We are in the midst of a major geopolitical crisis over immigration, fueled by war and catalyzed by terrorism. It’s no secret that one consequence is a rising tide of anti-immigration sentiment here in the United States. Recent events have prejudiced our long debate over illegal immigrants and secure borders to the point where any sensible discussion of policy has been all but drowned out. To many older Americans, this wave of anger and fear is breathtaking in its reactionary rhetoric. Talk of registration, ID cards, screening based upon religious beliefs and denial of admission to entire nationalities calls to >>More