Tuesday, April 12, 2022

APA, Gov. recognize former chief Terry Martino

barbara rice and terry martino

In recognition of Terry Martino’s career as executive director of the Adirondack Park Agency, at her last APA board meeting before retiring, Martino was presented with a citation from Gov. Kathy Hochul, and the board passed the following resolution:

Whereas: On August 12, 2009, the Adirondack Park Agency Board appointed Terry Martino as Executive  Director of the Adirondack Park Agency. For the next twelve and a half years, Executive Director Martino led  the Park Agency with dignity, respect, and fundamental fairness until her retirement on February 22, 2022; and  

Whereas: Terry Martino’s exceptional background was deeply rooted in decades of Adirondack environmental  stewardship and smart growth accomplishments. Prior to her appointment to the Park Agency, she  successfully advocated for the North Country as the Executive Director of the Adirondack North Country  Association; and  

Whereas: Terry Martino’s deep familiarity with the unique issues of the Adirondack Park combined with her  exceptional managerial skills resulted in transformational benefits. Staff divisions were reorganized to enhance  interdisciplinary science-based decision making in an efficient and consistent manner. Permit and variance  applications were revised to reduce redundancy, improve clarity, and promote the timely submission of critical  information required to complete review; and  

Whereas: Under Terry Martino’s leadership, the Agency reviewed many of the most complex and controversial  projects in the history of the Adirondack Park Agency. Her calm demeanor, keen attention to detail, and  uncanny ability to build consensus were invaluable to all who worked with her. Her resolve and commitment to  the principles of the Adirondack Park Agency Act inspired staff and Board Members to conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism and integrity in the pursuit of their duties; and 

Whereas: Her commitment to environmental protection and smart growth community development is truly  evident across the Adirondack Park. Completion of public infrastructure projects, improvements to tourism facilities, and the expansion of lifesaving telecommunication and emergency service communications all  occurred without diminishing the Park’s natural resources. Protection of water quality, sustainable forestry,  rapid response to invasive species management, retention of open space and critical environmental areas  were achieved; and  

Whereas: During Terry Martino’s tenure, New York State built on its environmental legacy through historic  additions to the Adirondack Park Forest Preserve. The Agency approved State Land Classification Actions across all twelve Adirondack Park counties. Terry Martino guided agency staff as they worked with the  Department of Environmental Conservation and the Olympic Regional Development Authority on numerous  Unit Management Plans to ensure long term protection of natural resources and to provide reasonable access  to these stunningly beautiful wildlands; and  

Whereas: Terry Martino was deeply dedicated and cared for all staff members at the Adirondack Park Agency.  Throughout her time as Executive Director she prioritized the safety and wellbeing of staff and board members.  This was never more evident than during the Covid 19 pandemic where she steadfastly worked to overcome the ever changing and complex challenges confronting us all. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board Members and Staff of the Adirondack Park Agency on  this 10th day of March 2022 express their friendship and deep appreciation to Terry Martino for her  accomplishments and service to the Adirondack Park Agency and the great State of New York.  

Members: Chair John Ernst, Arthur Lussi, Daniel Wilt, Zoë Smith, Andrea Hogan, Mark Hall, Kenneth Lynch, Bradley Austin, Kisha Santiago-Martinez, and Joseph Zalewski. 

Photo: Executive Director Barbara Rice (left), on behalf of Governor Kathy Hochul, presents a citation to Terry Martino (right) for her dedicated service to the Adirondack Park Agency and The State of New York. Photo courtesy of the APA

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5 Responses

  1. Big Burly says:

    Well deserved.

  2. louis curth says:

    Congratulations Terry for all that you have accomplished during your tenure at the APA from an old friend.

    Now that you’ve made your mark at a very tough place to work, I wonder what you’ll choose to do for an encore? Whatever it may be, I wish you well.

  3. Jim Townsend says:

    Good capture of a long career. One aspect that is understood is her uncanny ability ro anticipate the unanticipated and protect the process and those implementing a decision. Her radar was always finely tuned.
    Too bad she and the other recent retirees can’t get their due in public.

  4. Rlph Cossa says:

    Whereas in her 12 year tenure she never had a single adjudicatory hearing, she prevented the voices of the community to be heard or the decisions of the APA to be legally challenged.

  5. Nathan says:

    Should be governer questioning why the APA was not holding public hearings and not following its mandates of including public input on sensitive issues and before permits are being issued against public outrage.

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