Past Friends VP appointed to State Parks Commission

Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Nancy Dwyer, of Wilton, to be a commissioner in the Saratoga-Capital District State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission, the state announced Wednesday.

Dwyer is an area Realtor and educator who is a longtime member of the Friends of the Moreau Lake State Park.

“I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity, advocating on an even larger scale for our region’s amazing parks and historic sites,” Dwyer said in a news release. “It is important that we recognize, understand, appreciate and protect the natural beauty and history that surrounds us here.”

The Saratoga-Capital District State Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission manages the following sites:

State parks in the region:Saratoga Spa, Moreau Lake, John Boyd Thacher, Grafton Lakes, Cherry Plain, Peebles Island, Schodack Island, Mine Kill and Max V. Shaul
State historic sites in the region:Fort Crailo, Museum of the Colonial Dutch, Schuyler Mansion, Schoharie Crossing, Johnson Hall, Grant Cottage, Bennington Battlefield, Susan B. Anthony Childhood Home, John Burroughs Memorial, Crown Point and John Brown Farm.

Dwyer will join commissioners Heather Mabee, Barbara Glaser, Eleanor Mullaney, Thomas Maggs, Mark Ryan and Jack McEneny. The commissioners meet quarterly. All commissioners are appointed by Cuomo and act as volunteers on an advisory body. The Saratoga-Capital District region is one of 11 commissions in New York.

The state has more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and recreational trails, which are visited by 71 million people annually.