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Tug Hill Commission Appoints John Bartow Executive Director


New York State Tug Hill Commission Chairman Arnie Talgo announced today that John K. Bartow, Jr. will be the executive director of the Tug Hill Commission effective late April.

Talgo made the announcement at the Commission's 15th Annual Local Government Conference today at Jefferson Community College, Watertown, New York, to an audience of some 400 local officials.

Bartow had been serving as the director of the Division of Local Government at New York State's Department of State for the past eight years. In that position, Bartow managed the Department of State's programs relating to local government training and technical assistance as well as regional programs relating to the Adirondack Park, the New York City Watershed, and the Appalachian Regional Commission. He also served on several state boards including NYS Environmental Facilities Corp., Municipal Bond Banking Authority and State Environmental Board.

Prior to running the Division for Local Government, Bartow spent ten years as a coastal resource specialist at the Department of State, two years at the New York State Senate Research Service handling environmental and energy issues, and two years as land use and waterfront revitalization specialist at the St. Lawrence-Eastern Ontario Commission.

Bartow holds a masters degree in planning from SUNY Albany, a bachelors degree in environmental studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and an associates degree from SUNY Morrisville. He also chairs his town's planning board and is on the county planning board in Saratoga County.

Chairman Talgo noted that "John was chosen from a pool of over 100 applicants, and was the unanimous choice of Commissioners from among a half dozen highly qualified finalists. Bartow and finalists were screened by an interview committee comprised of Commission members, representatives of the Tug Hill region's five councils of governments, and Commission staff. Bartow will assume his new duties at the Tug Hill Commission shortly after current Executive Director Bob Quinn retires from state service on April 21.

The Tug Hill Commission is a non-regulatory state agency that assists local governments and organizations in the Tug Hill region with projects in environmental protection, land use, economic development, and technical assistance. The Tug Hill region covers over 2,000 square miles, from the Utica-Rome and Oneida Lake area north to Lowville, Fort Drum and Watertown. It encompasses 41 of the towns that lie between Lake Ontario and the Adirondacks.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Quinn at 315-785-2380
March 31, 2004

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