About James Odato

In a career rooted in watchdog reporting, Explorer editor James M. Odato has been cited as one of New York’s top journalists covering state government, gambling, and abuse and waste of public money. He has written thousands of articles, his byline has appeared in numerous national publications and his investigative stories have spurred reforms. As a staff reporter for five daily newspapers, including the Albany Times Union and Buffalo News, Odato has received more than 30 awards from the Associated Press, New York Publishers Association, the New York Legislative Correspondents Association and other media organizations. In 2007, Investigative Reporters and Editors recognized his reporting with the Freedom of Information Award Medal. In October 2021, the University of Massachusetts Press released his book, This Brain Had a Mouth, Lucy Gwin and the Voice of Disability Nation.

Reader Interactions


  1. Richard says

    They should team up with Les Otten and his Balsams Resort project in NH – another pie-in-the-sky development idea.

  2. Joan Grabe says

    I cannot believe that we are still discussing the proposed ACR when it has been apparent for years that the project was dead in the water. We have been deluded by a passel of true snakes, Foxman, Lawson et al, and a reluctance to face reality. Just say Amen and turn our attention to projects that truly will benefit the town of Tupper Lake.

  3. David E Wood says

    The great state of NY should be made to pay these fees. It is a travesty that any business has to fight and incur huge debt to get approval to exist. 10 years is 8 years too long to get approval.

    • Loretta Anne Buerkle says

      I agree David. It’s unfortunate that people with dreams and goals for economic development are squashed by legal fees to get approval for this project. I can only hope this news brings attention back to the project- I fully support the developers.

  4. Larry says

    My small business is owed nearly $9,000 for goods and services as well. And another business I know of is owed $7,200.

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