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.
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.