By Gwendolyn Craig
Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed state Sen. Betty Little to the Olympic Regional Development Authority. The state Senate confirmed her position on Thursday.
Little, R-Queensbury, is retiring from the Senate this year. She will serve on the ORDA board for one term, which ends in 2021.
“To serve on the board will truly be an honor and a wonderful opportunity to stay involved and continue to make a positive difference for the North Country Region,” Little said in a news release. “Wherever I go, if I say I represent Lake Placid, people know exactly what I am talking about. Our incredible Winter Olympic history is a source of tremendous pride. But it’s not enough to be historic. We need to remain relevant. I am very grateful Gov. Cuomo has entrusted in me and the appointed to the board this important mission.”
The state started ORDA to manage the 1980 Winter Olympic Games facilities including Whiteface Mountain, Gore Mountain, Belleayre Mountain, the Olympic Center, the Olympic Jumping Complex and the Olympic Sports Complex, all in Lake Placid.
Cuomo also nominated and the Senate confirmed Kelly Cummings to the ORDA board. She will serve as chair. Cummings in the current director of the state’s Operations and Infrastructure.
Also added to the board are Diane Munro, Elinor Tatum and Thomas Keegan.
“The COVID pandemic was a stress test on governments across the country, but New York showed what it means for government to perform for the people it serves,” Cuomo said, in a news release. “The new additions to our team bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge that will be invaluable as we work to build back better from the COVID crisis and continue our record of delivering bold, progressive accomplishments for the people of New York State.”