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. Phill says

    For the Broadalbin project, according to the Adirondack Park land use map, most of Union Mills Road is classified as “moderate intensity use” including where there project would be. It is not “rural use” as stated by the law firm.

  2. JB says

    Another great article from Gwen with plenty of embedded resources. Local planners need to take to heart the painful reality that everyday citizens are already grappling with: nonconsumptive tourism has negative effects upon the environment and communities distinct from and in addition to other forms of economic development. We are long past the point where building more infrastructure can productively address the problem. Strikingly, the bigger offender here is being directly enabled by the REDC; thus, New York State lives up to its reputation for botching economic development, to the detriment of local communities.

  3. Nathan says

    300 hundred unit is way to big for the area, creating more traffic by 2-3 fold at a minumum. Will they build a sewage plant to clear all that waste before discharge? will the sewage plant be kept to standard or poorly? sacanda already has small roads and so many more people will all be detrimental to the quiet, clean area. But APA will probably be greased enough by developers and passed. so sick of APA ignoring residents and favoring rich developers who destroy the quality of air, water and tranquility of the Park.
    The APA is a total failure who abuse residents and only favor big money, APA needs to be overhauled and invested gated for corruption.

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