Jan. 4, 2011
-- NEW YORK – The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to elect environmental leaders to public office across New York State, today applauded Gov. Cuomo’s nomination of Joseph Martens as Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner.
“Joe Martens has a rare combination of government, management and environmental experience that makes him uniquely qualified to lead the Department of Environmental Conservation,”
said NYLCV President Marcia Bystryn, who is a member of Gov. Cuomo’s Environment and Energy Transition Team.
Bystryn added: “New York is facing some of the most complex sustainability challenges in a generation, particularly in the areas of natural gas drilling and reductions in environmental staff and programs. Having worked closely with Joe Martens over the years, we are convinced that he will be up to the challenge of strengthening DEC’s ability to protect New York’s air, water and land even in these difficult economic times. We applaud Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mr. Martens, and we look forward to working with both to ensure that New York reassumes its rightful place as a national environmental leader.”
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The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, policy-making and political action organization that works to make environmental protection a top priority with elected officials, decision makers, and voters by evaluating incumbent performance and endorsing and electing environmental leaders to office in New York State.