Wednesday, November 22, 2006

About the Adirondack Park Agency Commissioners

The Adirondack Park Agency Board consists of eight commissioners appointed by the Governor; the other three members are the Secretary of State, Commissioner of Environmental Conservation, and Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development.

The Commissioners are:

Frank Mezzano, Speculator
Arthur Lussi, Lake Placid
Katherine Roberts, Garrison
James Townsend, Rochester
Leilani Ulrich, Old Forge
Ross Whaley, Tupper Lake
Cecil Wray, New York City
State: Frank Milano (Designee: Richard Hoffman)
DEC: Denise Sheehan (Designee: Stuart Buchanan)
DED: Charles Gargano (Designee: Randall Beach)

The Honorable Ross S. Whaley
Chairman, Adirondack Park Agency

New York State Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99
1133 State Route 86
Ray Brook, New York 12977
Tel. (518) 891-4050
Fax (518) 891-3938

The New York State Senate approved the Governor’s nomination of Dr. Whaley as Chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency on September 16, 2003. He brings to that position more than 30 years experience as a university teacher, researcher and administrator. He also served as Director of Economics Research for the United States Forest Service for 6 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry and a Ph.D. in natural resource economics from the University of Michigan.

Since 1984, Whaley has been associated with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 16 years as its President and subsequently as University Professor. As Professor his interest focused on the political economy of sustainable development. He continues to maintain a part-time relation with ESF through the Research Foundation.

Ross Whaley has served as a consultant to or member of several state, national and international commissions devoted to natural resource and environmental issues. In recognition of these activities, he has been awarded the Pinchot Medallion by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, the Professional Conservationist Award by the New York Conservation Council, the Heiberg Memorial Award by the New York Forest Owners Association, and Honor Alumnus of Colorado State University.

Commissioner Leilani C. Ulrich
Appointed by Governor George Pataki
Term ends 2008

The Honorable Leilani C. Ulrich
P.O. Box 642
2955 State Route 28
Old Forge, New York 13420
Tel. (315) 369-3353
Fax (315) 369-3355

151 Adams
Old Forge, New York 13420
Tel. (315) 369-3647

Leilani C. Ulrich is the Founding Director of Central Adirondack Partnership for the 21st Century, a not-for-profit regional planning group based in Old Forge. She has also worked for the New York Planning Federation, the Conservation Fund, Herkimer Community College and Lynn University of Old Forge.

Commissioner Arthur Lussi
Appointed by Governor George Pataki
Term ends 2010

The Honorable Arthur S. Lussi
Commissioner, Adirondack Park Agency
c/o Lake Placid Vacation Corp.
1 Olympic Drive
Lake Placid, New York 12946
Tel. (518) 523-2556

222 Averyville Lane
Lake Placid, New York 12946
Tel. (518) 523-4610

Arthur Lussi is/was president of his family business, Lake Placid Vacation Corp. which owns and operates Crowne Plaza Resort and Golf Club. He grew up in Wilmington, where his parents operated the Holiday Motel at the base of the highway to Whiteface. Both worked as ski instructors at the mountain. In 1969, his family moved to Lake Placid, and he began skiing at Mount Whitney, after school and at Whiteface on the weekends as he attended Northwood School. Lussi later was the ski team captain at Dartmouth College, where he received a degree in English. He also has a law degree from Syracuse University. Eventually, Lussi returned to Lake Placid, and in the late 1990s, his family purchased the former Lake Placid Club.

Commissioner James T. Townsend
Appointed by Governor George Pataki

The Honorable James T. Townsend
Commissioner, Adirondack Park Agency
c/o Remington, Gifford, Williams & Colicchio, LLP
Suite 1400, Alliance Building
183 East Main Street
Rochester, New York 14604-1617
Tel. (585) 232-5225
Fax (585) 232-2557

James T. Townsend was appointed to the Agency in June 1999. He is a partner with the Rochester, New York, law firm, Remington, Gifford, Williams & Colicchio, LLP, a general practice firm concentrating in corporate, business and real estate matters. He is also Counsel to the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation. Also, he was an Assistant Corporation Counsel to the City of Rochester. Mr. Townsend received his B.A. in Government from Trinity College in 1968, and his J.D. in 1971 from Albany Law School of Union University, where he was a member or the National Moot Court Team and was awarded the Moot Court Prize. Civic and professional activities include the Volunteer Legal Services Project, Monroe County Bar Association, Chair of the Seventh Judicial District, Attorney Grievance Committee, Chair, Salvation Army Advisory Board, for President of The Harley School Board of Trustees, the American Arbitration Association, and the Rochester Hearing and Speech Advisory Committee. Mr. Townsend resides in Rochester, New York.

Commissioner Frank Mezzano

The Honorable Frank Mezzano
Fish Mountain Road
Lake Pleasant, New York 12108
Tel. (518) 548-5204

Frank Mezzano was appointed to the Agency in February 1998. Mr. Mezzano attended Moses Brown Prep School in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated Wells High School in Hamilton County. He attended the University of Arizona. Since 1962 he has owned the Speculator Department Store. From 1993 until his appointment to the Agency in 1998, Mr. Mezzano was Supervisor of Lake Pleasant, a member of Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, and President of Speculator/Lake Pleasant Consolidated Health District. During that time he also served as the County representative to Region 5 Open Space Committee, a member of the Local Government Review Board and Intercounty Legislative Committee on the Adirondacks and Director-at-Large of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, as well as an advisor to the Agency's Economic Affairs Committee. Since 1997 he has served as Director of Colonial Health Care Corporation of Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home. He was recognized as the Review Board's 1996 Outstanding Local Government Official. His community activities include, among others, Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman from 1977-1992; member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1990; member of the Speculator/Lake Pleasant Fish and Game Club since 1994; member of the community marching band since 1994. Mr. Mezzano and his wife, Betty, have a daughter and granddaughter.

Commissioner Katherine Roberts
Appointed by Governor George Pataki

Katherine Roberts was appointed to the Agency in June 1995. She was employed as an investment analyst by INA Corporation, Philadelphia. Mrs. Roberts has served as principal, chair of the Social Studies Department and teacher at the Spence School. She is also an author and writer. Commissioner Roberts served as Executive Director of the Open Space Institute, which buys and protects land. She has served as vice-chairperson of the Hospital for Special Surgery and trustee to the Hudson Highlands Land Trust; the Garrison Landing Association; the Alice Desmond and Hamilton Fish Library and United Hospital in New York City. Commissioner Roberts resides in Garrison, NY with her family.

Commissioner Cecil Wray
Appointed by Governor George Pataki
Term ends 2010

The Honorable Cecil Wray
c/o Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
919 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10022
Tel. (212) 909-6533

Hickey Road
Keene Valley, New York 12943
Tel. (518) 576-9220

47 East 88th Street
New York, New York 10128
Tel. (212) 427-0352

Cecil Wray was appointed to the Agency in June 1999. He is Of Counsel with the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, having retired as a full-time senior partner in 1997. His practice has focused on general corporate matters, including domestic and international corporate finance transactions, securities matters and acquisitions. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Law Clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark. He is also an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, where he teaches Mergers and Acquisitions. Mr. Wray received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1956 and his LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1959, where he was the Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Law Institute, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He was a founder, and later President, of the American College of Investment Counsel, an organization of lawyers engaged in major institutional financing transactions. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Wray is presently President of Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York and a Trustee of the Board of Foreign Parishes of the Episcopal Church. He is also a member of the Boards of Directors of Search and Care, Inc., East Side Community Center, Inc., Hudson Highlands Music Festival and the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, and was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the Adirondack Council. Mr. Wray resides in New York City, with weekend and vacation homes in Garrison and Keene Valley, New York.

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