Governor Kathy Hochul today announced Senate confirmation of new Parks Administration nominees.
“New York has a wealth of parks and nature trails across the state, and it deserves strong, experienced leaders who will work tirelessly to ensure that visitors from across the country can enjoy the natural beauty that our parks offer. “, Governor Hochul said. “From Niagara Falls to Montauk Point, our state parks and historic sites are a treasure that every New Yorker should be able to enjoy, and I look forward to these nominees building on our efforts to modernize our parks system and improve service.”
Raul “Rocci” Aguirre was confirmed to sit on the Saratoga-Capital District State Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission. Currently, Mr. Aguirre is Deputy Executive Director of the Adirondack Council. As Deputy Director, Mr. Aguirre is the Chief Operating Officer and works across the organization to support the growth of the Council’s positive impact on statewide conservation. Located in Elizabethtown, New York, the Adirondack Council is a trusted partner in protecting Adirondack Park’s wilderness, clean air and clean water, and creating a green New York. Prior to joining, Mr. Aguirre was Senior Conservation Project Manager at MonadnockConservancy in Keene NH. Aguirre began his National Park Service career as a Park Ranger. Mr. Aguirre is a proud graduate of SUNY Cortland, then earned his Master of Science in Resource Management and Conservation at Antioch University in New England. Mr. Aguirre will be the only Latino voice on this board.
Kathryn Flacke Muncil was confirmed to sit on the Lake George Park Commission. Ms. Muncil is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Fort William Henry Corporation in Lake George, NY. Ms. Muncil has held this position since 2003, after spending 10 years as CFO. In addition to this role, Ms. Muncilis is active in her community serving on the Board of Directors of the Warren County Economic Development Corporation, the Warren County Tourism and Economic Development Community Committee, and was a founding member of the French and Indian War Society. in Lake George.
Michael J. Chavoustie was confirmed to sit on the Thousands Island State Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission. Mr. Chavoustie operates two small businesses in North Country, New York (Jefferson County). He is the owner of the French Town Market and the Cup of Joy Cafe. These companies are located in Cape Vincent, New York. In addition to his businesses, Mr. Chavoustie supports his local community where he served as President of the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce for twelve years. Mr. Chavoustie is also a member of the County Ethics Committee and the Local Waterfront Development Steering Committee. Mr. Chavoustie is a graduate of SUNY Canton.
Samika Sullivan was confirmed to sit on the Niagara Frontier State Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission. Ms. Sullivan is currently the Director of the Packard Court Community Center for the Niagara Falls Housing Authority, where she has worked since 2013. Ms. Sullivan has had a long career in Western New York working for: Planned Parenthood, Project WISE, Office of Niagara County Youth, Niagara Arts and Culture Center, St Augustine Center and Child and Family Services. Ms. Sullivan resides in Niagara Falls.
Linda Tarrant Reid was confirmed to sit on the Taconic State Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission. Ms. Tarrant-Reid is the Executive Director of the Lincoln Park Conservancy whose mission is to educate and celebrate the rich history of the Lincoln Avenue Corridor and beyond. Ms. Tarrant-Reid has been the garden trustee of “grow! Lincoln Park Community Garden” since 2011, when she established the Lincoln Park Community Garden in New Rochelle to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the struggle of parents and students to desegregating Lincoln Elementary School in 1961. The 10,000 square foot urban farm is located in Lincoln Park on the school’s old campus, in the heart of Westchester County’s second largest city. Harvard University and Columbia University, Iona College use Ms. Tarrant Reid’s Urban Garden as the basis for their courses on urban landscape and sustainability. Ms Tarrant is also a published author having written “Discovering Black America: From the Age of Exploration to the 21st Century”.