We were saddened this morning to learn about the firing of Mr. Peter Grannis, Commissioner for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
“Pete Grannis, the commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, was fired effective immediately Thursday in the wake of an agency memo that was critical of layoffs planned at the agency.”DEC chief fired in wake of fight over layoff order | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle
Of all the state departments that should not be cut, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is the one agency we have that has the power to protect our environment. Peter Grannis, the commissioner of the DEC, has been truthful about the how critical it is that his agency not be cut and he should not be fired because of his honesty and integrity about so critical an issue.
Getting Mr. Grannis back in office will demonstrate to the pubic how important this government is about our environment—which we cannot abandon during a downturn in our economy. In fact, more rigorous and robust attention to our environmental regulations should occur during this time of belt-tightening because this is a time when there will be increased attempts to ignore or flout environmental regulations.
Mr. Grannis has been a great leader in getting information about our New York State environment to the public and trying in these trying times to do what his department has been charged "To conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being."
Please contact Governor Patterson’s office and implore him to reinstate Mr. Grannis to office. Click here to go to the Governor's contact information