Seggos joined Cuomo’s administration in 2012. He has served as the governor’s deputy secretary for the environment since 2013.
If approved by the legislature, Seggos will replace Joe Martens, who resigned the post this summer. Marc Gerstman, who has been filling in as acting commissioner, will continue as executive deputy commissioner.
John Sheehan, a spokesman for the Adirondack Council, said his organization is pleased with Cuomo’s choice. “He cares about the environment, and he cares about communities,” he said.
Asked what he’d like to see Seggos accomplish, Sheehan replied, “We’d like to see him purchase Boreas Ponds as soon as possible and classify most of it as Wilderness.”
The 22,000-acre Boreas Ponds tract, which abuts the High Peaks Wilderness, is the last piece of former Finch, Pruyn land that the state intends to buy from the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. The purchase is expected to be made by March 31, the end of the state’s fiscal year.
In a news release, Cuomo called Seggos “an exceptional public servant, a strong advocate for the environment.”
Seggos previously served as an attorney for the Hudson River Riverkeeper. He also has held positions with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Council on Environmental Quality in the White House.
In January 2015, Tony Hall, the publisher of the Lake George Mirror, took Seggos to task for trying to oust David Wicks as executive director of the Lake George Park Commission. The Cuomo administration, Hall wrote, was not happy with Wicks’s efforts to stop invasive species by requiring boats to be inspected before entering Lake George.