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June 8, 2013

Cuomo nominates new APA commissioner

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She recently become involved with the Saratoga WarHorse project, an equine-assisted program “to create a natural release for the emotional turmoil that our veteran population is left to deal with,” the website says. 

Video about WarHorse, including commentary from Feldman, is found at saratogawarhorse.com.

She considers herself a consensus builder.

“I like to spend my life making a difference.”

HAS SENATOR’S SUPPORT

The confirmation process for an APA board appointee begins in the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.

Feldman’s nomination was not on the agenda this week, according to the committee’s web page.

But it is likely they will consider it next week, according to Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury).

“Typically, the nominee’s biography is sent to the chair of the respective committee, in this case Environmental Conservation,” Little’s spokesman Dan Mac Entee said via email. 

“Once approved by EnCon, her nomination would be referred to Senate Finance and from there to the floor for consideration by the full body. 

“Senator Little supports her nomination.”

‘WOULD BE EXCELLENT’

Feldman also gained approval from the Adirondack Council, the largest environmental advocacy group in the park.

Council spokesman John Sheehan said Thursday that they had met her in the past. 

“We think she will make an excellent addition to the Park Agency. She will follow the science and the law,” he said.

Fred Monroe, executive director of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, also said the nomination seems promising.

“She is very interested in Adirondack issues and I think will take a balanced approach, assuming the Senate confirms her.”

The current session of Legislature ends June 20.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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