The Albany Times-Union is reporting that environmental advocate Joe Martens could be Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo’s pick to head New York’s Conservation Department.
According to the newspaper, Martens isn’t a sure-choice, but his name has come up repeatedly during talks over the position.
Martens currently heads the Open Space Institute, which has helped to engineer major land conservation deals in the Adirondack Park.
He also serves as president of the Olympic Regional Development Authority Board, which operates sporting venues in Johnsburg, North Elba and Wilmington.
Despite his work as a conservation leader, he has drawn accolades from some local government leaders in the Park.
Cuomo has begun naming his cabinet and top advisors, but has yet to pick leaders for the DEC or the Adirondack Park Agency.
The DEC was hit hard by lay-offs and cutbacks over the last year and was rocked in October by the firing of commissioner Peter Grannis.