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Thursday, March 2, 2023

Nearly 100 people attend Adirondack Park Lobby Day in Albany

Adirondack lobby day participants

Nearly 100 people from 20 different Adirondack organizations met with 50 state legislators and their staff during Adirondack Park Lobby Day to advocate for funding and policy advancements for the Adirondack Park. A group of Eagle Scouts from Queens, NY took the bus to Albany to help the group make a collective case for Wilderness, Clean Water and Green Jobs, including:

  • $4 million for a Survey of Climate Change and Adirondack Lakes ecosystems;
  • At least $500 million for clean water projects, including road salt pollution prevention;
  • $2 million for the Timbuctoo Summer Climate and Careers Institute, a partnership exposing high school students from the City of New  York to training and possible careers in natural resources in the Adirondack Park;
  • Doubling and diversifying the number of DEC Forest Rangers;
  • $40 million for open space protection, and $21 million for preserving farmland;
  • $12.8 million for Forest Preserve stewardship, and visitor use management;
  • $500,000 for Visitor Interpretive Centers at Newcomb and Paul Smith’s;
  • $400,000 for the Adirondack Diversity Initiative.

In addition, the group urged passage of non-budgetary legislative action, including:

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

A different kind of lobby day

lobby day 2020It’s hard to believe it’s already March 2021. One year ago I was getting my feet wet at the state Capitol, setting up shop at a table in the Legislative Correspondent’s Association offices on the third floor. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was beginning to hold more “Red Rooms,” meaning press conferences, about the coronavirus.

As of mid-March, I had stopped going to the Capitol. Since then, as with so many other folks, I have made home my workshop. While I am lucky to be able to conduct my job over email, the phone, Zoom and a few distanced in-person visits, I noticed just how different things are when advocacy groups posted on Twitter about the Adirondack Park lobbying day last week. 

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