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. Vanessa says

    Seems legit, that’s a lot of funding! I hope they work out whatever is needed to ensure operation of the shuttles. That will help the 2021 season enormously. Nice that the VIC and ADI are still funded (I agree the ADI could have used a boost), and many millions for climate related initiatives.

  2. Vanessa says

    One more thought here, since I’m seeing larger discussions of this budget in the news: how did Stec vote? I notice that Stefanik for example gets a lot of free publicity in the press for praising budget allocations that she didn’t support. Is Stec the same way? There was a lot in the overall bill he may not have liked (taxing the rich, for example).

    I tried to search for his vote but couldn’t find it, not sure if the results are on the formal website. Nonetheless, press should be reading every press release so we don’t have to :), and Stec has perhaps said more on this bill than just that quote.

    I hope it is not annoying that I keep interrogating the “just a nice guy hiker” theme related to Stec. His decisions have big consequences for the future of NY. Hope he actually made the right call here, instead of just praising it after the fact.

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