Running the Tug Hill Commission is one of those nice, six figure niche jobs where you can be comfy without getting into trouble.
In his years as head of it, John Bartow proved an able advisor to local governments. He understood the bureaucracy and politics of New York, helping local elected officials who did not.
The Commission was created years ago, because with so many tiny local jurisdictions, no one had the resources or reach to coordinate. A companion agency named SLEOC disappeared years ago. An even larger commission was created thirty years ago called DANC.
The new head is a woman named Katie Malinowski.