Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Happy New Year!

total solar eclipse

Happy New Year!

I’m celebrating my fourth year at the Adirondack Explorer. Thank you for following along, reading and contributing. I have appreciated your story ideas, thoughtful comments and corrections. You don’t always know what news is around the corner. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy this job so much. But we also have plenty of stories we continue to follow for you.

Editor Jim Odato previews some of them we know will be on our dockets this year. Check it out by clicking here.


The state Legislature is back in session on Jan. 3. Gov. Kathy Hochul will be giving her State of the State address on Jan. 9.

We’ll be watching and will keep you updated on our website. We’ll also be following state budget negotiations.


Trash subsidies

In case you missed it, we had a story at the end of December about how the state is withholding subsidies built into its budget for Hamilton and Essex counties for trucking their trash outside the park. The state Department of Environmental Conservation said the counties are in violation of the latest contracts, which require the counties to have waste management plans. We’ll be watching to see how this turns out, and whether the payments are authorized in the fiscal year 2025. Read more here.

dump truck at a transfer station

Waste arrives at Essex County’s transfer station in Lewis, from where it is ultimately trucked out of the Adirondack Park. Photo by Mike Lynch.

Adirondack Park Agency

Programming note: The Explorer team [was] off for the holidays and New Year’s Day. Please click on the APA and environmental notice bulletin links for the latest projects out for public comment.

View all APA public comment and hearing opportunities at: https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/index.cfm.


Environmental Notice Bulletin

View all the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s full weekly environmental notice bulletin projects.


Photo at top: Total solar eclipse. Wikimedia Commons photo.

This first appeared in Gwen’s weekly “Adirondack Report” newsletter. Click here to sign up.




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Gwen is the environmental policy reporter for Adirondack Explorer.

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