While environmentalists worry about the consequences of a weakened Adirondack Park Agency board, critics suggest that Gov. Andrew Cuomo likes it this way. “The governor is perfectly satisfied with the current status quo.”
Cuomo’s picks for the agency, while fine as individuals, did not make up a team with the credentials to forge strong stewardship of the Adirondacks, environmental groups said.
Tributes to Gary Randorf on Wednesday focused on his deliberate, modest and agreeable style while advocating for protections to the forest preserve and wilderness that he photographed for decades.
There are at least 37 scenic pull-offs in the park, but some of these grand views have been compromised by vegetation.
Many people who follow the agency had expected the 61-year-old attorney to be appointed to the top job earlier this year.
Feldman, a retired lawyer and Democratic campaign strategist from Hudson, had served on the board since 2013 and became acting board chair last year. She had openly sought Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s permanent appointment as chair over the winter.
The Adirondack Park Agency said it would continue to support green energy and would evaluate projects based on existing rules.
Karen Feldman’s widely expected appointment would signal an opening to a larger pool of future appointees to the job, as she would be the rare agency leader selected from outside the Adirondack Park.