Environmental Groups Protest DEC Commissioner's Dismissal

Friday, October 22, 2010

Environmental groups are calling on Gov. David Paterson to reinstate his Environmental Commissioner, Alexander "Pete" Grannis. He was fired yesterday, after a memo critical of the governor's plans for his agency was leaked.

Supports say Grannis should not have been punished for the leaked memo, first reported in the Albany Times Union. The memo says if a plan for 200 job cuts goes through, fewer polluted sites might be cleaned up, and there might not be enough regulators to monitor natural gas drilling planned for the Marcellus shale.

Bill Cook, with Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said Grannis was only telling the truth about an agency that has borne more than its share of state government reductions, and has left New York's environment in a vulnerable position.

"What's the message to poachers, polluters and environmental criminals? New York is open for business, and nobody's watching," he said.

A spokesman for Gov. Paterson said Grannis will not be reinstated. His replacement has not been announced.


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cleanupnynow from Albany

David Paterson is the one who should have been fired. Pete Grannis is a true professional who has to put up with the Paterson Circus.

Paterson proved long ago that he has no ability to govern. In fact, “The Democratic Conference: Organizational and Operational Structure Report”, a report detailing how Paterson’s Senate Minority Office was managed, or more precisely mismanaged, when he was Senate Minority Leader.

The report indicates that the office, headed by the highly inept and unqualified Mr. Michael Jones-Bey was dysfunctional and a complete zoo. Those interviewed indicated that the incompetent Mr. Jones-Bey, whom was more interested in partying than working, did not seem much interested in the job – doesn’t that sound like David Paterson himself.

Amazingly, but not surprisingly the inept Mr. Jones-Bey, a childhood friend of David Paterson, got promoted to head the Division of Minority & Women Owned Business Development (DMWBD) at New York State’s Empire State Development Corporation for his partying. Now that’s being rewarded for your incompetence.

For too long, David Paterson has used the state as an employment agency for his incompetent and unqualified friends, gal-pals and associates – this practice needs to stop. David Paterson’s lackeys are an embarrassment to the fine men and woman who work in state service.

What is much more disturbing to many than the incompetence of David Paterson and his people, indicated in the above report, are the blatant transgressions of law David Paterson and his staff has engaged in - lying under oath/perjury, covering up a domestic violence assault, obstruction of justice, and ethics violations. These actions should not be tolerated.

David Paterson needs to RESIGN NOW.

Oct. 24 2010 09:42 PM

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