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. Boreas says

    This move looks worse to me with every article I read. Perhaps if there are issues with staying at the Ray Brook facility, new structures and renovations should take place there. Add another story? Additional or larger structures/parking should not be as much of a problem because there is no river within a stone’s throw. The Power building could be renovated for housing, professional, or other uses, but may just be a white elephant.

  2. TruthBeTold says

    It is important to understand that APA managers did not initiate this survey. Executive Director Rice did not ask staff their opinion about the proposed move of headquarters to the Village of Saranac Lake. Instead, the survey was undertaken by NYS PEF Union which represents the majority of the Agency’s staff members, including the engineers, lawyers, planners and biologists. What does that tell you about the current “leadership” of the APA? Maybe Ms. Rice should read the mission of the Agency and get back to work.

    “The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) was created in 1971 by the New York State Legislature with the mission to protect the public and private resources within the “Blue Line” of the Adirondack Park through the exercise of the powers and duties of the Agency as provided by law. The basic purpose of the APA Act is “to insure optimum overall conservation, development and use of the unique scenic, aesthetic, wildlife, recreational, open space, historic, ecological and natural resources of the Adirondack Park.”

    The State Administrative lands in Ray Brook on which the NYS APA, DEC, DOT and State Police currently have offices were intended for this purpose. Replacing the APA headquarters on that land will not commit NYS taxpayers to pay additional $$$ every year to lease property from the Village of Saranac Lake.

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