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Agency Web Site: https://www.apa.ny.gov/Link to External Website

Mission

The Adirondack Park Agency’s (APA) mission is to protect the public and private resources of the Adirondack Park through the exercise of the powers and duties provided by law. This mission is rooted in three statutes administered by the Agency in the Park. They are:

  • The Adirondack Park Agency Act;
  • The New York State Freshwater Wetlands Act; and
  • The New York State Wild, Scenic, and Recreational Rivers System Act.

Organization and Staffing

The APA is governed by an 11-member board, including the Commissioners of Environmental Conservation and Economic Development, and the Secretary of State. The other members, five of whom must be Park residents, are nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.

APA's responsibilities are carried out by the following divisions: Planning, which handles local, regional and State land use policy issues; Counsel’s Office, which provides legal advice to all Agency functions and oversees jurisdictional determinations and enforcement functions; Regulatory, which performs the Agency’s permitting function; Resource Analysis, which conducts scientific research and makes ecological and adverse impact assessments of land use proposals; Economic Services, which assists project sponsors in the review process; and Local Government Services, which provides technical expertise and assistance to communities.

Budget Highlights

The FY 2020 Executive Budget recommendation of $4.7 million for APA increases funding by $140,000 from FY 2019 Enacted levels. This increase is directly attributed to personal service growth. The Executive Budget recommends a workforce of 54 FTEs for the Agency in FY 2020, unchanged from FY 2019 Enacted levels.

For more information on this agency's budget recommendations located in the Executive Budget Briefing Book, click on the following link:

Program Highlights

Since its inception, the Agency has worked to achieve a balance between strong environmental protection and sustainable economic development opportunities for the residents of the Adirondack Park. The principal functions of the Agency are:

  • Reviewing and ensuring adherence to the State Land Master Plan through collaborative working relationships with the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and development of Unit Management and recreational use plans;
  • Reviewing and issuing permits for private and State land-use projects, consistent with the Adirondack Park Private Land Use and Development Plan, and for certain activities on or near fresh water wetlands, pursuant to the 1975 Freshwater Wetlands Act;
  • Helping local governments develop land use plans and providing technical expertise; and
  • Administering the State’s Wild, Scenic and Recreational River Act.
ALL FUNDS
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Category Available
FY 2019
Appropriations
Recommended
FY 2020
Change From
FY 2019
Reappropriations
Recommended
FY 2020
State Operations 4,544,000 4,684,000 140,000 1,903,000
Capital Projects 0 0 0 1,500,000
Total 4,544,000 4,684,000 140,000 3,403,000

ALL FUND TYPES
PROJECTED LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT BY PROGRAM
FILLED ANNUAL SALARIED POSITIONS
Program FY 2019
Estimated FTEs
03/31/19
FY 2020
Estimated FTEs
03/31/20
FTE Change
Administration
General Fund 54 54 0
Total 54 54 0

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2019
Recommended
FY 2020
Change
General Fund 4,544,000 4,684,000 140,000
Total 4,544,000 4,684,000 140,000

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2019
Recommended
FY 2020
Change
Administration
General Fund 4,544,000 4,684,000 140,000
Total 4,544,000 4,684,000 140,000

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service Regular
(Annual Salaried)
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 4,343,000 140,000 4,243,000 140,000
Total 4,343,000 140,000 4,243,000 140,000
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Temporary Service
(Nonannual Salaried)
Holiday/Overtime Pay
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 100,000 0 0 0
Total 100,000 0 0 0

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Supplies and Materials
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 341,000 0 88,000 0
Total 341,000 0 88,000 0
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Travel Contractual Services
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 37,000 0 178,000 0
Total 37,000 0 178,000 0
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Equipment
Amount Change
Administration 38,000 0
Total 38,000 0

CAPITAL PROJECTS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Comprehensive Construction Program Available
FY 2019
Recommended
FY 2020
Change Reappropriations
FY 2020
Maintenance & Improvement of Existing Facilities
Miscellaneous Gifts Account 0 0 0 1,500,000
Total 0 0 0 1,500,000

Note: Most recent estimates as of 1/15/2019

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