ALBANY — Basil Seggos, who has led the state Department of Environmental Conservation for nearly four years, announced he will be leave the post.
The DEC released the following statement on Thursday from Seggos:
“After nearly seven years of serving New Yorkers and implementing Gov. Cuomo’s steadfast commitment to the environment, I made the difficult decision to leave the best job I’ve ever had,” Seggos said.
When Seggos will end his tenure is not yet known, but stated he will remain into 2019.
“While I have not yet set a date for my departure, I am as committed as ever, and intend to remain in this post into 2019 to help chart out the next steps in the governor’s vision,” Seggos said in a statement.
The job has been posted online. The job listing says that the DEC Commissioner oversees a staff of 3,000 and the position pays $136,000.
Looking back at his accomplishments, Seggos said, “I’m proud that we have reestablished the state’s national leadership on environmental issues — and it couldn’t come at a better time, as we face an unprecedented attempt at the federal level to undermine our efforts to stave off climate change and safeguard clean air and water for future generations.”
Willie Janeway, Executive Director of the Adirondack Council, said in a statement that Seggos’ tenure has been a success.
“All New Yorkers owe a huge debt to Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos for his faithful service to the governor and the state as the leader of the state’s environmental and conservation efforts,” Janeway wrote. “Seggos faithfully and effectively advances Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s agenda, including preservation of more Adirondack Wilderness and support for more vibrant towns.
“The Adirondack Council extends its appreciation and gratitude to Commissioner Seggos.”
Under Seggos, the DEC successfully expanded the High Peaks Wilderness Area by tens of thousands of acres, including the Boreas Ponds Tract and began development of the Frontier Town gateway project.