Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters in Ray Brook
The Adirondack Park Agency will welcome two new Board members to the Agency during this week’s monthly Board meeting.
In June, the New York State Senate confirmed Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nominations of Karen Feldman and Daniel Wilt.
The Senate also re-confirmed the Governor’s nomination of Leilani Crafts Ulrich to serve as Chairwoman of the Adirondack Park Agency. Ulrich was the first woman to serve as Chair of the Adirondack Park Agency when Governor Cuomo nominated her for this distinction in November 2011.
“This is an exciting time for the Adirondacks and Chairwoman Ulrich is the right person to lead the Adirondack Park Agency,” APA Executive Director Terry Martino said. “She has a unique ability to find common ground among diverse interest groups. Under her leadership dialogue has led to progress – historic patterns of often heated interaction have been replaced with a willingness to collaborate to improve the economic outlook for Park communities while staying true to the APA Act. I have no doubt that she will continue to balance protection of our natural wonders while promoting economic opportunity throughout this magnificent Park.”
“I am truly honored and humbled to serve the Adirondack Park at this moment in time,” Ulrich said. “It is a privilege to be confirmed by the New York Senate and I thank Governor Cuomo for this opportunity. The Adirondack Park has benefited from Governor Cuomo’s substantial support. We live, work and recreate in one of the world’s greatest treasures and I believe with our strong partnerships we will continue to accomplish great things.”
Ulrich was first appointed to the APA Board in 2004. She chaired the Regulatory Programs and Park Ecology committees before being nominated as Chairwoman of the Adirondack Park Agency by Governor Cuomo in November of 2011. In 2006, Ulrich co-founded the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance (CGA). The Alliance convenes diverse groups from across the Adirondacks each summer and first published the “Blue Print for the Blueline.”
Feldman is an attorney with 30 years of legal experience in corporate, real estate, entertainment and sports matters. She provides legal, financial, and business consulting services to small entrepreneurial companies. Feldman serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Humane Society. She is a volunteer ski and golf instructor for the Wounded Warrior Project’s Adaptive Sports Foundation. Feldman is also a member of the Adirondack Landowners Association. She resides in Columbia County and enjoys spending time at her Adirondack camps in Essex and Hamilton County.
Since 1980, Wilt has operated Wilt Industries, Inc. in the village of Lake Pleasant, Hamilton County. Wilt Industries manufactures state of the art equipment for the Semiconductor, Glass, Fiber Optics, Scientific Glassblowing, Chemistry, Environmental and Ceramic industries. Presently, Wilt is a North Country Economic Development Council member. He served on the Town of Arietta’s Zoning Board of Appeals from 1984 – 2013. Wilt is a past member and President of the Piseco Common School District. He also served as an Emergency Medical Technician for the Piseco Ambulance Squad. He enjoys fishing, hunting, boating, and golf. Wilt resides in Hamilton County.
Current board members (with term expiration) are: Chairman Leilani Ulrich (2016), Sherman Craig (2015), Arthur Lussi (2017), William Thomas (2014), Daniel Wilt (2015), Richard Booth (2012), Karen Feldman (2014), Bill Valentino (2013).