Past Hamilton Adirondack Program members and Janelle Schwartz, program founder and general director, participated in Adirondack Day in Albany. The program, designed to educate legislators and their staffs about the economic, education, and social issues and energy in the Park, was held on May 13.
Clara Cho '20, Christina Florakis '19, and Lilly Yangchen '20 joined Schwartz to meet with state legislators and policy pundits, lobbyists and tourists and to discuss the vital role that our six-million-acre Adirondack Park plays in the health and livelihood of New York State as a whole. They emphasized the area's exemplary conservation work to sustain water resources, wilderness, and stewarded landscapes and also discussed the challenges that come with living in a rural place. Throughout the day, students engaged with Senators Betty Little and Jim Tedisco; Matt Simpson, Chairman of the Hamilton County Legislature; Bill Farber, President of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, and several other leaders and community changemakers at the state and local levels.