Schenectady, NY
March 2, 2006


Regulating district's top lawyer resigns

BY JOE MAHER, Gazette Reporter

The Hudson River Black River Regulating District, which is in the middle of a comprehensive review of its lake-access permit rules and regulations, has lost its top lawyer.

Counsel Shari Calnero had been with the agency that regulates the Great Sacandaga Lake as a floodcontrol reservoir since July 2004 when she replaced Timothy J. Foley. Calnero's salary was $79,181.

Regulating district Executive Director Glenn A. LaFave declined comment on the subject Monday when contacted but issued a statement to all media outlets Tuesday confirming Calnero's intent to leave the district.

LaFave said Calnero is leaving to take another job. He didn't identify her new employer.

Her resignation is expected to be accepted at the district's next board meeting.

District watchdog Peter Van Avery said the impact of Calnero's resignation on the ongoing review of Great Sacandaga Lake access permits is an open question.

Van Avery, the co-founder of the Batchellerville Bridge Action Committee, speculated that the process could be slowed as the district searches for new counsel.

There are other pending legal matters that could be affected, he said.

"Also, that $10 million Niagara Mohawk lawsuit [to reduce the utility's payments to the district]. The judge had retired without rendering a decision. . . . Now the judge is gone and the district's lawyer is gone, too," he said.

The lake rules review is to continue this spring and into the summer when seasonal residents are in the area.