Dick Booth: Environmental Planning: The Adirondacks as a Case Study

Dick Booth is a lawyer by training, and specializes in land-use and environmental law, critical area preservation, environmental politics, and regional land-use planning. He is currently the director of the Department of City and Regional Planning’s undergraduate program in urban and regional studies. He was chair of the department from 1991 until 1994. In addition to working at Cornell, Booth has held a number of positions in the public sector. He is currently serving as a commissioner on the New York State (NYS) Adirondack Park Agency. He was elected to two four-year terms on the Tompkins County Legislature and served there from 2002 until 2007, when he resigned in order to join the agency. Appointed by ex-Governor Cuomo to the NYS Low-level Radioactive Waste Siting Commission, he served on that body from 1991 to 1995. He was elected alderperson for two four-year terms and a two-year term on the City of Ithaca’s Common Council. He served on that body from 1986 to 1996, including six years as chairperson of the city’s budget and administration committee. From 1975 to 1977, he worked as a lawyer for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, rising to the position of assistant counsel dealing with land-use affairs. Prior to that, he was a senior attorney with the NYS Adirondack Park Agency.