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Basil Seggos named New York’s environmental commissioner

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has named Basil Seggos, his top environmental adviser, as the new commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, a post that has been vacant since Joe Martens resigned in July.

Seggos has been Cuomo’s deputy secretary for the environment since 2013. His appointment is subject to approval by the state Senate.

Seggos is also a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and serves at a JAG unit in Schenectady. He has previously worked for Hugo Neu Corporation, a private equity company focusing on recycling and sustainable industry, and for the environmental advocacy groups Riverkeeper and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Martens announced his resignation shortly after finalizing the state’s ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

The Adirondack Council praised Cuomo’s choice of Seggos.

In related news, New York court: Drilling leases expired despite state ban.

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