Executive Director’s Message
Hello, I am Gerald (Jerry) Delaney. Clinton County appointed me as their member to the Review Board in 2011. Shortly after that the Review Board appointed me as Chairman, a position I held until September 2018. On October 1st, 2018 I was appointed Executive Director of the Review Board.
The Review Board was created in the APA act to represent Local Government at the APA. It is my responsibility to attend APA meetings. The Review Board has a seat at the APA Board table, although we do not have a vote, we can comment on issues of importance to local governments. My other duties include the administration of the Review Board, preparing for the Board meetings along with outreach to the Local Government leaders in the Adirondack Park. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.
Gerald Delaney, Sr.
I have served as a member of Review Board for the past several years. During that time, we have worked with local governments and state leaders involved with state land classifications, such as the Essex Chain Lakes and the Boreas Ponds Tract, the Adirondack and Catskill Land Bank which could be utilized to approve important local projects on state Forest Preserve lands without a need to amend the New York State Constitution, and issues related to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.
As stated in New York Executive Law Section 803-a, our purpose is to advise and assist the Adirondack Park Agency in carrying out its functions, powers and duties.
We consist of members appointed by the governing bodies of the twelve counties wholly or partly in the Adirondack Park. Our mission is to work to ensure that the interests of the people of the Adirondack Park and their local governments are protected as the Adirondack Park Agency carries out its duties set forth in the Adirondack Park Agency Act.
We support the position of Adirondack local government, and user groups, that traditional uses, including hunting, fishing, trapping, snowmobiling, road side camping, ATV riding in suitable locations, and mountain bike riding should be allowed to be continued, because such uses are critical to the economic survival of many Adirondack communities. We seek a balance that provides access, protects our sensitive and irreplaceable natural resources, and helps our communities realize the economic potential of these lands… balance. We support reasonable access to these lands for all, young and old, the physically fit and the disabled. We support a vast array of recreational opportunities to bring visitors to our towns and sustain those businesses we have and to create new opportunities for business growth and the creation of new jobs. We seek the balance between protecting both the environment and our local economies.
My wife and I were both born in Ticonderoga, Essex County. After more than twenty years in the US Navy, we returned home and settled in North Hudson. Not many years after, I ran for the office of Assessor and then Town Board and finally Supervisor. Not long after that, I was appointed as a member of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board. I have followed the APA since its inception and have wondered to what degree the freedoms of those of who live in the Adirondacks would be affected. And so, it has been a great honor to work with the Review Board these past few years and I am deeply honored to have been chosen to serve as Chairman. I will do my best, and I look forward to continuing to work with local and state leaders on the unique issues that we face in the Adirondack Park.
Ronald J. Moore
I served as executive director from 2005 to 2018. I was appointed as communications director by the Review Board in October 2018, after my retirement as executive director. As communications director, I manage a subscription email report on the online email service Constant Contact. The Review Board email service has more than 270 subscribers, including APA commissioners and staff, state legislators, county legislators and supervisors town supervisors, media and environmental and communications consultants.
The Review Board retains Behan Communications to monitor news articles relating to the Adirondacks every week day. Behan emails a link to the articles and a very short summary to me every morning. I supplement that newsfeed with links to other articles on the Adirondacks that appear during the day and a short summary of those articles.
I also assist executive director Jerry Delaney with analysis of current Adirondack issues and advice on Review Board positions and press releases relating to those issues.
Frederick H. Monroe