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APA, ORDA board seats confirmed in Albany

June 20, 2014

The state Senate this week confirmed board members of the state Adirondack Park Agency and Olympic Regional Development Authority.

On Wednesday, June 18, the Senate ratified Gov. Andrew Cuomo's reappointment of Richard Booth to another term as an APA commissioner. Gov. Eliot Spitzer first appointed Booth to the agency in 2007 to fill an unfinished term, and he was reappointed in 2008. That term expired in June 2012. This new, four-year appointment is retroactive, so his current term will run until June 2016.

Booth, a Plattsburgh native who lives in Tompkins County, is a lawyer, Cornell University planning professor and former APA and state Department of Environmental Conservation staff attorney. He holds one of three out-of-the-Park commissioner seats on the 11-member agency board.

Andrew Lack, chairman of the Bloomberg Media Group, was confirmed to the ORDA board on Tuesday, June 17.

The North Elba town board chose Lack and Joe Lamb, a former Olympic ski jumper and local lumber company president, to replace longtime ORDA board members Ed Weibrecht and Serge Lussi, who both own hotels in Lake Placid. The town gets three appointments to the board; the third is Jerry Strack, owner of Central Garage in Lake Placid and a former town councilman.

Dan Mac Entee, director of communications for state Sen. Betty Little, said June 20 that Lamb's nomination was confirmed earlier that morning.



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