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New DEC head has a long record for protecting NY's environment

John H. Adams

Posted January 4, 2011

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Incoming New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation a much needed boost today, by selecting Open Space Institute (OSI) president Joe Martens as its new commissioner.

I have worked closely with Joe for many years, including at OSI, where I am chairman of the board. I consider Joe to be the one of the finest and fairest people I have ever met in the environmental movement. He has dedicated decades of his life to safeguarding New York’s environment and can claim responsibility for protecting of tens of thousands of acres in the state.  Over his distinguished career, he notably focused on conserving land in the Adirondacks and Catskill regions.

What’s more, Joe is in tune with the enormous challenges facing DEC today and will undoubtedly use his talents to reassert New York’s leadership on national environmental policy. The entire state will now benefit from his tireless dedication and proven record of success. Governor Cuomo has made an excellent choice.

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