Paterson Names New DEC Head
October 28th, 2010

Gov. David Paterson has named Peter Iwanowicz as acting commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC was without a head because Paterson fired him after an internal memo was leaked that described what would happen to the agency if Paterson’s proposed cuts went through. Pete Grannis was blamed for the leak and pressured to resign by a Paterson aide. Grannis insisted he was not responsible for the leak and asked to speak to Paterson–he was fired instead.

Legislators are up in arms about the matter and plan hearings on the firing. Paterson’s release points out that Iwanowicz’s appointment is not subject to legislative hearings–lucky for Paterson because legislators would love any reason to attack Paterson a few more times before his term ends. Grannis was a partiularly dear friend to a number of legislators because of the time he spent as an Assemblyman.

Here is the release from team Paterson:

ALBANY, NY (10/28/2010)(readMedia)– Governor David A. Paterson today announced the designation of Deputy Secretary for the Environment Peter Iwanowicz to Acting Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) effective immediately. Governor Paterson also announced that Communications Director Morgan Hook will resign his position effective November 12.

Peter M. Iwanowicz, who was appointed as Deputy Secretary for the Environment on March 12, was today appointed to Acting Commissioner of the DEC, and he will continue to serve in both positions. As Deputy Secretary for the Environment, Mr. Iwanowicz is responsible for representing the Governor on the full range of environmental policy matters. Previously, Mr. Iwanowicz served as Assistant Secretary for the Environment and was the first Director of the New York State Office of Climate Change. While leading the Office of Climate Change, Mr. Iwanowicz’s oversaw the State’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Before joining State government in 2007, Mr. Iwanowicz served as Vice President for the American Lung Association of New York State, and also worked for Albany-based Environmental Advocates of New York.

“Peter has been an outstanding public servant and an outstanding caretaker of the environment throughout his professional career,” Governor Paterson said. “I credit Peter with successfully negotiating a deal on the E-waste law that was passed during this past session, and his expertise on RGGI has helped New York lead the nation on this critical cap and invest program. I know he will bring that same professionalism to DEC.”

Mr. Iwanowicz will not receive any additional compensation for serving as Acting Commissioner of DEC, and his appointment does not require Senate confirmation

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