An Open Letter to the Lake George Park Commission

For Immediate Release:  November 25, 2014
For more information:      Robert Blais, 518-668-5771
                                        Fred Monroe, 518-796-2415
                                        Eric Siy, 518-668-9700 x304
An Open Letter to the Lake George Park Commission:
As close partners and co‐investors in the Commission’s Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program, The S.A.V.E. Lake George Partnership calls on Governor Cuomo and the Commission to continue their outstanding leadership and commitment to the health of Lake George. S.A.V.E.’s public and private members—including elected officials, conservation groups, and researchers—are unanimous in commending the Lake George Park Commission and its dedicated staff, led by Dave Wick, whose tireless work has been the lynchpin to successful implementation of the prevention program. Moreover, the Commission’s leadership has been instrumental to the extraordinarily diverse public support for the program and the broad media coverage and editorial support spanning the state and nation.
In fact, the State’s Invasives Prevention Program at Lake George stands as a model of the unprecedented collaboration and leadership required to stop the spreading menace of invasives and save our waterbodies from irreversible devastation while the opportunity still exists. S.A.V.E. has been particularly grateful for the leadership and support that has extended all the way to the Governor’s office. At this pivotal time for Lake George, continuity of the established leadership demonstrated by David Wick is paramount to enduring success. 
Momentum only grows throughout the Adirondacks and around New York State for effective invasives prevention programming. The economic and ecological stakes could not be higher with no second chance of success. At Lake George, the State has seized the mantel of leadership and demonstrated the decisive resolve that makes our Lake a shining beacon of hope for all those realizing the gravity of the threat we face. Now is the time to uphold and redouble this commitment and ensure New York State serves as a national leader by protecting the Queen of American Lakes and all of our vulnerable natural waters.
We urge the Commission to do their utmost in insuring that our outstanding success continues in 2015 under the leadership of David Wick.
Sincerely yours,
Mayor Robert Blais, Lake George Village
Chairman of The S.A.V.E. Lake George Partnership
(signing on behalf of all S.A.V.E. members)

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