June 8, 2013

Cuomo nominates new APA commissioner

RAY BROOK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has suggested Karen Feldman for the Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners.

The Hudson native would fill the seat held by out-of-park commissioner Cecil Wray, who was appointed in 1999. His last term expired in June 2010.

Wray lives in New York City, with a second home in Keene Valley, and served briefly as interim chairman of the APA under former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, in 2007.

There are several commissioners serving with expired terms. 

The woman considered for Wray’s seat is an attorney.

“It’s an honor to be nominated,” Feldman told the Press-Republican in a recent interview.

Pending final approval, she did not want to speculate on APA matters.

“And if I’m confirmed,” she did say, “it’s going to be an honor to serve.”


Feldman earned a law degree from the Miami School of Law in Miami in 1983. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University earned in 1978.

Her partner of 15 years, Tom Williams, is president of the Adirondack Landowners Association.

She said they own property in the Adirondacks, at Paradox Lake and also in Hamilton County.

Feldman is involved in numerous regional civic organizations.

“But closest to my heart,” she said, “I am a volunteer ski instructor with the Adaptive Sports Foundation in Windham, N.Y., in Greene County, and I’ve just been working at events in the Northeast Center for the Wounded Warrior project. 

“It is the greatest thing I do in my life. The last four days were spent with a women’s warrior event; there were six women participating, playing golf and kayaking and paddle-boarding — I’m a golfer.”


Feldman also serves on the Humane Society of New York Board of Directors. She has volunteered her time to the organization for 25 years.

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