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5 new faces on ORDA board

LAKE PLACID — Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed five new members to the state Olympic Regional Development Authority’s Board of Directors on Thursday.

The governor’s new appointments include a new chairperson, Kelly Cummings. She takes over for Arthur Lussi of Lake Placid, who served as chairman temporarily following the death last year of J. Patrick Barrett of Lake Placid.

Cummings is the director of state Operations and Infrastructure. In the past, she served as senior advisor and chief of staff in the Cuomo administration. She was also the director of communications for the Senate majority and has more than 20 years of experience in communications and policy, according to a news release from the governor’s office. She’s a graduate of St. Lawrence University.

State Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, was also appointed to the board. Little is retiring at the end of her term this year. She has served in elected office for more than 30 years, first as a member of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, then a member of the state Assembly and then as a member of the state Senate since 2002.

The three other members Cuomo appointed to the board are Diane Munro, Elinor Tatum and Thomas Keegan.

Asked which members of the board the appointees would be replacing, ORDA referred the question to the governor’s office, which did not respond by the Enterprise’s Friday evening deadline.

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