Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

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NY: DEC Commissioner Grannis fired

Albany – DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis has been fired from that
position, days after the leak of a memo sent by DEC to the state
budget office contending that layoffs and other cuts have placed
the department “in the weakest position that it has been since it
was created 40 years ago.”

The Albany-Times Union, which first reported the memo, said a
state source indicated Grannis, appointed to the post in 2007, was
fired due to “poor performance and insubordination.”

The memo was apparently prompted by Gov. David Paterson’s call
for additional layoffs within DEC and other state agencies.
Paterson’s plan calls for an additional 209 job cuts within DEC, on
the heels of previous staff losses, most recently through a pair of
early retirement incentives. There has also been a hiring freeze
imposed on DEC and other state agencies.

The memo, which was unsigned, said the staff shortages would
mean potential problems in stocking fish as well as a shortage of
regulators to monitor the potential natural gas drilling boom in
the Marcellus Shale of the state’s Southern Tier.

“Many of our programs are hanging by a thread. The public would
be shocked to learn how thin we are in many areas,” the memo read.
“DEC is in the weakest position that it has been since it was
created 40 years ago.”

Grannis was a longtime New York state assemblyman representing
Manhattan prior to being appointed DEC commissioner by then-Gov.
Eliot Spitzer. While sportsmen were generally cautious about his
appointment, he was later credited with aiding the passage of
legislation that lowered the state’s minimum hunting age for big
game from 16 to 14.

Look for more on this story in the Nov. 12 edition of New York
Outdoor News.


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