Seggos will leave DEC

Basil Seggos, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, answers questions from reporters at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh in January 2018. (Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

ALBANY — Basil Seggos, who has led the state Department of Environmental Conservation for nearly four years, will leave his post according to a report.

The Times Union confirmed Seggos’ departure with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office on Wednesday. When Seggos will end his tenure is not yet known, but the job has been posted online. The job listing says that the DEC Commissioner oversees a staff of 3,000 and the position pays $136,000.

“As we prepare for the third term, a certain amount of turnover is expected,” Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi told the Times Union.

Seggos said on Twitter that he has been honored to run the DEC.

“Very tough decision for me,” Seggos tweeted Wednesday. “This has been the best job, at the best agency, with the best colleagues, working for the best governor in the country. I’m proud of all we have accomplished and will be working hard into 2019 on the Gov’s vision.”

Willie Janeway, Executive Director of the Adirondack Council, said in a statement that Seggos’ tenure has been a success.

“All New Yorkers owe a huge debt to Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos for his faithful service to the governor and the state as the leader of the state’s environmental and conservation efforts,” Janeway wrote. “Seggos faithfully and effectively advances Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s agenda, including preservation of more Adirondack Wilderness and support for more vibrant towns.

“The Adirondack Council extends its appreciation and gratitude to Commissioner Seggos.”

Under Seggos, the DEC successfully expanded the High Peaks Wilderness Area by tens of thousands of acres, including the Boreas Ponds Tract and began development of the Frontier Town gateway project.

Seggos’ departure was first reported by Spectrum News 1’s Zack Fink.