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. D. Salamy says

    This is just the beginning of another atyemot ro block any private industry in the adirondas. Just as the former DEC commissioner and Attorney are attempting to stifle the Lower Saranac Marina project, and any attempted private investment in the adirondacks, so is the Upper Saranac Lake Association. This weeks Enterprise just featured an article shedding light on the need for younger people taking up domicile in the adirondacks. Yet again, a group of connected and affluent NIMBYS are able to block any hope. Shameful. The Lower Saranac Lake Marina spent a sizeable amount of money and seven years to bring an old, dilapidated marina that had been around for over 100 years, up to today’s standard. After filing all permits and abiding by all restrictions, they were granted approval, only to have the carpet yanked out from under them. I suspect the Upper Saranac Marina will suffer the same or even worse opposition from the “haves.” Shameful. Sorry to rant, but when is enough enough? Not everyone wants to work for the state or federal government, but there are not many choices. As long as people keep blocking private investment, no young people will want to live or stay in the Adirondacks. In hindsight, I guess that is the hope of some.

  2. Chuck Bechtel says

    D. Salamy’s criticism of everyone who is concerned about unfettered commercial development in the Adirondacks is disingenuous as a minimum and disrespectful to those such as the board members of the Town of Santa Clara who rezoned Upper Saranac Marina (formerly Hickoks marina) to “Commercial” specifically to aid in the restoration of the marina by Mr. Damp and associates. Had Salamy participated in the Town’s public hearing he would have heard board members say the marina provides a valuable service to all who enjoy Fish Creek Ponds and Upper Saranac Lake and they were happy to see someone purchase it and improve it.
    Salamy is correct, Hickok’s marina has been in operation since 1930, forty years before there was an Adirondack Park Agency. The marina operated at a time was there was virtually no regulation. That’s why the Town wisely passed a moratorium on Commercial Development so they could hire a professional engineering consultant who has expertise in marina and lake shore property.
    The Board realizes we live in a truly unique and special place, known as the Adirondack Park. There is nothing else like it in the US. The great parks like Everglades, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Glacier would fit into the six million acres of the Park. The Board also knows the decisions they make now will affect generations to come.
    Salamy implies that the affluent “haves” and “NIMBYS” are blocking any attempt at commercial development, thereby robbing the local youth of opportunities to domicile in the Adirondacks. Will allowing the commercial operators to build and expand unchecked fill the many vacant store fronts in shopping centers in Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake and other small towns? I believe most Professors of Economics would debunk that theory rather quickly.
    The 550-member Upper Saranac Lake Association is also listed as a blocking force. Many of the homeowners around the lake, the same ones that patronize the marina, pay dues to belong to an association that has as its mission, “…..promoting environmental protection and responsible and safe recreational use of this beautiful watershed.” God won’t make any more mountains, lakes, rivers or streams. It is up to every one of us to be good Stewarts of the environment we have now.
    A little research by Salamy would indicate the homeowners on the lake, perhaps labeled “haves” and “NIMBYS” by Salamy, pay about 90% of the Town’s taxes. These taxes keep the roads clear during the long north country winters and the school taxes are critical to preparing our students for a good education, whether they domicile in the Adirondacks or Silicon Valley.

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