About James Odato

In a career rooted in watchdog reporting, Explorer editor James M. Odato has been cited as one of New York’s top journalists covering state government, gambling, and abuse and waste of public money. He has written thousands of articles, his byline has appeared in numerous national publications and his investigative stories have spurred reforms. As a staff reporter for five daily newspapers, including the Albany Times Union and Buffalo News, Odato has received more than 30 awards from the Associated Press, New York Publishers Association, the New York Legislative Correspondents Association and other media organizations. In 2007, Investigative Reporters and Editors recognized his reporting with the Freedom of Information Award Medal. In October 2021, the University of Massachusetts Press released his book, This Brain Had a Mouth, Lucy Gwin and the Voice of Disability Nation.

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  1. Steve Savarese says

    In addition to reopening the Big Tupper Ski Center, the US should apply to IOC to host another Winter Games at Lake Placid. This would be a double shot in the arm for the Daks while maintaining the position of Winter Sports Capital of America

  2. nathan friend says

    Lake placid has seen declining numbers of skiers so would tuppers idea of another ski center truely be worth while? the much warmer winters, less snow fall, lower snow accumalation. big tupper would require massive snow making machines, huge amounts of water from where? even with massive investments, upgrades, to big tupper it would be taking away skiers from other struggling places, and where are all these skiers going o stay? Tupper lake is farther away than placid from highway.
    Tupper lakes biggiest winter appeal is snowmobiling as Placid shut down all trails, giving Tupper a huge advantage. creating more trails, maybe an up the mountain snowmobile races. mountain view trails, overlooks, then using as mountain bike trails in summer.

  3. Joseph M. Dash says

    I sincerely wish TL would demolish the Oval Dish smoke stack. It’s an eye sore and gives the area an industrial look that doesn’t meld with the Adirondacks. Perhaps if motorists, upon entering the town, weren’t confronted by this ugly site they would think differently about the town’s character.

  4. Hope says

    The whole recreation plan is a win for Tupper. Something for everyone. Continue work connecting Tupper to Old Forge with trails will only help the entire Adirondack region benefit.

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