RAY BROOK — The acting chairwoman of the state Adirondack Park Agency has left the board, leaving more than one-third of the board’s appointed seats open.
Karen Feldman, who served as an APA commissioner since 2013 and acting chairwoman since last July, was not at last week’s regularly scheduled board meeting. APA board member Art Lussi confirmed Tuesday morning that Feldman was no longer with the agency, but added that he had no details on when or why Feldman left.
Feldman and APA spokesman Keith McKeever did not immediately respond to voicemails seeking comment.
Feldman’s departure leaves three openings on the 11-member board, and only two commissioners are currently serving on valid terms. Eight members of the APA board are appointed by the governor and approved by the state senate, while the other three slots are representatives of the state departments of Environmental Conservation, Economic Development and State.
Chad Dawson and Daniel Wilt are currently serving their terms, while Lussi, John Ernst and William Thomas are serving on expired terms. Board members are appointed to four-year terms, but can stay on after it expires if the governor has not appointed anyone else.
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Feldman took over as acting chairwoman after Sherman Craig retired last summer. If she had stayed, she could have been tapped to be the first APA chairwoman who lived outside of the Adirondack Park.
Lussi, who filled in as head of the board for last week’s two-day meeting, said he’d like to continue to serve, but not as chairman.
“I have been honored to serve with Karen as our leader, and she has done a phenomenal job working on state land and working with invasives,” Lussi said Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t know what my title was last week — I think it was acting chairman for that meeting — but I did say that I had no interest in continuing to do that.
“I am honored to serve as a commissioner and I would be glad to continue that if the governor so chooses.”