State's top environmental conservation officer not leaving

Feb 8, 2019

Credit www.dec.ny.gov

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  The Cuomo administration's top environmental conservation officer isn't resigning after all. 

Basil Seggos announced in November that he would step down as commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation in early 2019. On Thursday, Seggos announced he has decided to continue as DEC commissioner after realizing he would ``forever regret'' his decision to leave the agency. 

The announcement comes two weeks after several lawmakers at the state budget hearing on environmental conservation praised Seggos for his service while leading the agency since 2015. 

Before that he was Cuomo's top environmental policy adviser as the governor's deputy secretary for the environment. 

In his statement announcing he was staying on, Seggos said New York is a national leader on environmental issues and ``this is no time to step out of the fight.''