Ulrich picked to lead APA board

Governor Andrew Cuomo has chosen Lani Ulrich to take the helm of the Adirondack Park Agency board and nominated Wanakena resident Sherman Craig to a vacant seat on the body.

Lani Ulrich
Lani Ulrich

Ulrich, an APA commissioner since 2004, had emerged as a consensus candidate to replace Curt Stiles, who resigned in August after four years as the board’s chairman.

“She gets along with both conservation organizations and local government,” said John Sheehan, a spokesman for the Adirondack Council. “We think she’ll steer a wise course.”

Fred Monroe, executive director of the Local Government Review Board, an APA watchdog, also has spoken favorably of Ulrich. “I think she takes a balanced approach, and she’s always willing to listen to local government positions,” he told North Country Public Radio in September.

Ulrich, an Old Forge resident, ran afoul of APA shoreline-setback regulations this year. APA spokesman Keith McKeever said her dock on the Middle Branch of the Moose River and the steps leading to it exceeded 100 square feet, the maximum allowed under the law. He said Ulrich fixed the problem by removing some of the steps.

Sherman Craig is a retired teacher and avid hiker who has lived on the Oswegatchie River in Wanakena since 2001. He is chairman of Five Ponds Partners, an organization that created the Cranberry Lake 50—a fifty-mile trail that circles Cranberry Lake.

Click here to read the governor’s news release on the appointments.

About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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