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DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announces resignation

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New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced his resignation, marking the end of his tenure since October 2015. Known for being the longest-serving commissioner in the department’s history, Seggos cited the decision to step down as a personal one, aimed at starting a new chapter for himself and his family. Under his leadership, the DEC has seen significant advancements, including record funding and support for its mission to protect the environment.


Seggos plans to remain in Governor Kathy Hochul’s administration until the completion of this year’s state budget negotiations, expected by April 1. His departure has been acknowledged by Gov. Hochul’s office, praising his nearly decade-long commitment to environmental conservation and his role in combating climate change and enhancing outdoor recreation across New York State.

As the search for Seggos’ successor begins, the appointment by Gov. Hochul will be subject to confirmation by the state Senate.