A lot of folks in our area are giving thanks tonight, after hearing the news that David Wick, the executive director of the Lake George Park Commission, will keep his job.
That news follows an emotion filled meeting on Tuesday and what insiders say were “intense negotiations” late Wednesday, between advisors in Governor Andrew Cuomo's office and many local officials in the North Country.
According to NCPR, the news was confirmed Wednesday afternoon by Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury).Stec says Wick will serve a two week suspension, relating to an incident being dubbed by some as "Gas Gate" -- involving spilt gasoline on Lake George this past summer -- and will return to the position he's held for two years.
Among those in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting was a contingent from the East Shore Schroon Lake Association, led by President Jane Smith Many Schroon Lakers know Wick as a champion of our Lake, being one of the fathers of the Schroon Lake Watershed plan.
From Jane: "It was heart warming to see the number of folks showing their support for Dave and the Commission (on Tuesday). Many spoke of Dave's dedication, honesty and the importance of his continued work.
I am confident that the LGPC will do everything in their power to get Dave back to work. If this does not happen it will be a gross injustice and a huge loss for not only Lake George but the Adirondacks and NYS as well. The Governor's office should be honoring and thanking Dave. The fall out will go far beyond as it will send a horrible message to our youth as to how broken our government is right here at home. Pointed outTuesday was the fact that the sole responsibility for "gas gate" belongs with the DEC and not on the shoulders of Dave. Dave has inspired many of us to know we CAN make a difference in spread prevention of invasive species. I'm hopeful. Best and Happy Thanksgiving