Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointments of Basil Seggos and Anne Tarpinian. Mr. Seggos will serve as Deputy Secretary for the Environment, and Ms. Tarpinian will serve as Assistant Secretary for the Environment.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Basil Seggos and Anne Tarpinian, who will be working to ensure that New York State continues to be a leader and innovator in the environmental sector, Cuomo said. Mr. Seggos and Ms. Tarpinian both come with tremendous experience in the field, and their work will be a critical part of our efforts to build a more environmentally-friendly, sustainable New York.
Mr. Seggos has been the Assistant Secretary for the Environment since February 2012. Prior to working for New York State, Mr. Seggos served as Vice President of Business Development at Hugo Neu Corporation, a private equity company focused on building and managing clean-tech businesses. Prior to Hugo Neu, Mr. Seggos was the Hudson Riverkeepers Chief Investigator and Attorney. Before Riverkeeper, Mr. Seggos worked on urban environmental issues at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York. During law school, he worked as a law clerk at the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President Clinton. He is an officer in the US Army Reserve.
Mr. Seggos said Governor Cuomo is committed to protecting our environment, maximizing opportunities for sportsmen and women, and making our communities more resilient to severe weather and climate change. He also understands that a healthy environment depends on a healthy economy. It is an honor to serve on the Governor's team and I look forward to helping the Administration achieve these critical goals.
Ms. Tarpinian has extensive experience in both the public and private sector and joins the Governors staff from the New York State Senate, where she worked as senior counsel supervising a team working on environmental conservation, energy, telecommunications and agriculture. Prior to her 15 years in the State Legislature, Ms. Tarpinian worked at the Department of Health, the U.S. Department of Energy/R.O.W Sciences and the State of Vermont Water Resources Board as well as in private law practice.
Ms. Tarpinian said Id like to thank Governor Cuomo for this opportunity to serve on his environmental team and look forward to supporting our mission to protect the states natural resources and public health while advancing opportunities for recreational and sportsmen activities throughout the state.
Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said, Basil Seggos is a talented, hard-working leader with expertise on a broad range of environmental issues and is exactly the kind of person to help the Cuomo Administration safeguard environmental health and the state's treasured natural resources. And we are delighted to hear that Anne Tarpinian, a proven advocate for the environment, is being named to work with Basil on the critical challenges ahead.
Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said, Basil Seggos and Anne Tarpinian are some of the most seasoned environmental and energy experts in New York and their appointments underscore the importance that Governor Cuomo places on these policy issues. Anne and Basil have extensive records of accomplishment working on some of the most challenging sustainability issues facing the state. We look forward to working with them and continuing the momentum toward a greener, stronger New York State.
Mr. Seggos and Ms. Tarpinian will work extensively with the Governors energy team, including Richard L. Kauffman, the Chairman of Energy and Finance, his chief of staff, Kate Burson, and Thomas Congdon, the Assistant Secretary for Energy.