At the end of Brian Mann’s article about two new environmental groups [September/October], he mentioned the Adirondack Council as one of the region’s largest environmental groups, but he mischaracterized the council’s situation when he says that we “have also struggled financially.”
The Adirondack Council actually raised more money in 2009 than it did in 2008, and we are on pace to do the same in 2010. At the same time, we have been very prudent about our expenses and sought to cut costs wherever practical.
Our members and supporters know we will use their donations wisely and effectively. They also know that we don’t accept money from the government or from any taxpayer-funded source. We won’t be influenced by partisan politics, and we won’t be bullied by anyone.
The Adirondack Council is stronger today than it was when the recession began. That is a testament to the talent and hard work of our staff, the commitment of our board of trustees, and, most of all, the generosity and vision of our supporters.
John F. Sheehan, Albany
Sheehan is the Adirondack Council’s
director of communications.