About Gwendolyn Craig

Gwen is an award-winning journalist covering environmental policy for the Explorer since January 2020. She also takes photos and videos for the Explorer's magazine and website. She is a current member of the Legislative Correspondents Association of New York. Gwen has worked at various news outlets since 2015. Prior to moving to upstate New York, she worked for a D.C. Metro-area public relations firm, producing digital content for clients including the World Health Organization, the Low Income Investment Fund and Rights and Resources Initiative. She has a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She has bachelor's degrees in English and journalism, with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology, from the University of Connecticut. Gwen is also a part-time figure skating coach. Contact her at (518) 524-2902 or gwen@adirondackexplorer.org. Sign up for Gwen’s newsletter here.

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  1. Anita Dingman says

    Looks like a nice place. They would have done better to have complied with the APA rules like we natives have to do-or gone to another place without the APA regulations. I am glad that the APA is enforcing their regulations and not letting the “elite” get away with flaunting them.

  2. Lynne P. says

    Terrific reporting. This investigation illustrates why we need top journalists out in the field covering stories that the public should know about, and weigh in on. Thank you, Gwen!

  3. Boreas says

    Cesspool? I thought cesspools went the way of open landfills. I guess it illustrates the disconnect often seen between out-of-area developers and reasonable land stewardship. Openly violating APA requirements is nothing new. Anyone familiar with the Essex area will notice the similarities between this group of Wall Street developers and the exploits of Sandy Lewis, another Wall Street multimillionaire, who fought the APA – and won!

  4. Scott Bennett says

    Levy the fines..every bit of it. These are people with loads of money who were told by someone else who did it to just do everything first then plead ignorance. That’s what they all do. That’s what happened here! I used to work in the building industry as well as excavation for many years. Have seen it first hand and heard many stories about people with a ton of money going this route. They thing we’re a bunch of hicks up here and know nothing. A lot, not all, but many are arrogant and hire big lawyers to do whatever they need to do to get what they want. But sometimes as usual in Albany, somebody knows somebody who knows someone on the board and they are not as strict. So glad they’re throwing the book at these a-holes and make them remove everything as well. It’s funny how such successful people can claim ignorance when they want something.

  5. Peggy Carrol says

    Thanks also to the neighbors in Thurman who brought this to the attention of the APA. Throw the book at ‘em, remove the non- permitted structures and plant trees.

  6. Pat B says

    These two clowns refer to a contractor and engineer supposedly involved in work on the property. Yet neither is named. Were they local businesses or some of their cronies from NYC looking to put one over on the hicks in the Adirondacks? I agree, knock down the structures, recycle/donate anything that can be salvaged and plant trees.

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