The Albany Times-Union is reporting this morning that Governor David Paterson has fired the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation.
According to a report in the newspaper’s blog, Peter Grannis was forced out after a memo was leaked last week questioning Paterson’s plan to cut additional jobs from the agency.
”Here I am being called on the carpet for doing what we were supposed to do, for being asked to tell the administration what the cuts they want meant,” Grannis said. “Apparently facts don’t sit well with this administration.”
Grannis protested that the memo was not leaked with his knowledge, and left two telephone messages with Paterson, one Wednesday evening and another Thursday morning, seeking a chance to make his case.
“Larry Schwartz said the governor would not talk to me,” Grannis said.
According to an email exchange made public by Grannis, Paterson demanded his resignation, but he refused to step aside.
Grannis, a former state Assemblyman, was appointed in 2007 and confirmed by the state Senate after occasionally contentious hearings. He also worked for the DEC in the 1970s.