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Adirondack Council Congratulates Governor, Lt. Governor, Leaders, and ENCON Chairs

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Adirondack Council today congratulated Kathy Hochul on being the first woman elected Governor of New York and praised the selection of Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan, and Pete Harckham, D-Peekskill, as chairs of the Assembly and Senate committees on environmental conservation respectively. 

The organization also congratulated Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado upon his election, after having been appointed in 2022 by Governor Hochul to serve in the state’s number two office while serving as a Congressman from the Hudson Valley. The Adirondack Council also praised the re-elections of Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx.  Delgado and Heastie both attended the Adirondack Council’s legislative reception in Lake Placid last fall. 

“The Adirondacks are blessed with strong support among today’s state government leaders,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway.  “We are very pleased that New York voters elected long-time allies of the Adirondacks to every major statewide office, including the U.S. Senate.” 

Assemblymember Glick, whose district includes Greenwich Village, replaces former Chair Steve Englebright who lost in a close race for his Long Island seat.  Senator Harckham’s Westchester district includes Peekskill and Mt. Kisco.  He replaces former Chair Todd Kaminsky who returned to private practice. 

“We thank Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Heastie for these outstanding committee assignments,” Janeway said.  “Both environmental conservation committee chairs have shown their interest in and support for the Adirondacks, spending time here and getting to know the park and its people.  They understand the complexities involved in managing a park that has both wilderness and small communities inside it. They want the Adirondacks to continue to serve as a model to the world – a place where nature and small communities can both thrive.” 

Janeway said the Adirondack Council issued a news release jointly with nine other Adirondack and conservation organizations in December asking the Governor and Legislature to support their budget and policy priorities.  Budget priorities included a new Timbuctoo Summer Climate Careers Institute; a new comprehensive survey of climate impacts on Adirondack lake ecosystems; and more grants for municipal clean water projects, among other topics. 

“We look forward to working with the Governor and Lieutenant Governor and Legislative Leaders to set budget and policy priorities for 2023,” Janeway said.  “We look forward to continuing our work on clean air and climate issues with Attorney General Letitia James and hope to make progress on the federal level with interstate clean air regulations as well.” 

Established in 1975, the Adirondack Council is a privately funded not-for-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of the Adirondack Park. It is the largest environmental organization whose sole focus is the Adirondacks.  

The Council carries out its mission through research, education, advocacy and legal action. It envisions a Park with clean water and clean air, core wilderness areas, farms and working forests, and vibrant, diverse, welcoming, safe communities.  Adirondack Council advocates live in all 50 United States. 

For more information: John Sheehan, Director of Communications, 518-441-1340 

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