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Townsend, a 46er, named APA general counsel

RAY BROOK — A 46er will be the new top lawyer at the Adirondack Park Agency.

The APA board on Thursday named James T. Townsend, of Rochester and North River, as the agency's next general counsel, effective Jan. 29.

In addition to having climbed all of the 46 highest peaks in the Adirondacks, Townsend is a former member of the APA board. He replaces John Banta, who retired last spring, as the agency's chief counsel.

Townsend served on the board from 1999 to 2010, giving him a decade of experience dealing with the administrative procedures and laws that surround Adirondack Park land use.

“For more than a decade, Mr. Townsend worked tirelessly on complicated Park issues and has a proven track record of accomplishments on behalf of the Adirondacks. His unique skill set will be a tremendous asset for the agency," agency Chairwoman Leilani Ulrich said in a statement.

Townsend presently is a partner in Remington, Gifford, Williams & Colicchio, LLP, a general practice firm in Rochester.

"We think he is a good choice for the job. He has a rare combination of legal expertise and skills, as well as experience in Adirondack issues and a strong conservation ethic," said John Sheehan, spokesman for the Adirondack Council.

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