Adirondack Diversity Initiative hires first director

November, 2019

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Diversity Initiative has hired its first director.

The Adirondack North Country Association announced this week that Nicole Hylton-Patterson of the Bronx will take on the leadership position for the Initiative, which aims to make the Adirondack region a more welcoming and inclusive place for residents and visitors.

Hylton-Patterson, acting director of a Westchester County college’s social justice center, will begin serving as ADI’s diversity director in December. She will be based at ANCA’s office in downtown Saranac Lake.

“I am deeply excited to be taking on this role with the Adirondack Diversity Initiative,” Hylton-Patterson said. “As someone who understands the challenges facing spaces that are perceived as lacking aspects of human diversity, I look forward to working with Adirondack communities and New York state.”

New York state is helping pay for the position. This April, the state Legislature and governor allocated $250,000 to ADI from the Environmental Protection Fund, which comes from a portion of real estate transfer taxes. The money went to ADI though ANCA, which said at the time it planned to use the funds to hire a coordinator.

Read the full article in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise