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. Dan says

    There’s something very unseemly about using Ranger Kostoss’ tragic death to lobby for a financial benefit for other DEC employees. All due respect to the PBA, but as an impartial bystander, I really think your late colleague deserves better than for his memory to be used in this way. Your efforts to lobby for a 20 year retirement plan probably would go further if it were based on a factual comparison with similar agencies or lines of work rather than such disingenuous (and disrespectful) emotional arguments.

  2. JW Jacob says

    Agree with both of you. Letting LEOs retire after 20 years is an archaic concept, set back when 40 was considered “old”. The discussion should be making 25 years the retirement service for all. Not that it will ever happen.

    Other high stress public sector jobs, have to put in at least 30 years and be at least 55 years old to get full retirement benefits.

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