Comptroller appoints former DEC commissioner as deputy (updated)

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State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced this afternoon that he has appointed former Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Alexander “Pete” Grannis as first deputy comptroller. Grannis, who was dismissed by Gov. David Paterson’s administration in October in connection with an unsigned, leaked memo critical of layoffs that had been ordered at the agency, will earn an annual salary of $165,000. The appointment is effective Jan. 20.

“Pete Grannis has built a life-long reputation for vision, leadership, integrity and the ability to get things done,” DiNapoli, who served with Grannis in the state Assembly, said in a statement. “We’re facing some of the toughest times in New York State history. Pete’s skills, leadership and expertise will help us face those challenges.”

Grannis was appointed DEC commissioner by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer in January 2007. Before that, he was a member of the Assembly for more than three decades. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Virginia Law School.

DiNapoli spokesman Dennis Tompkins said that because of the appointment as first deputy comptroller, Grannis will not serve as special counsel to Environmental Advocates of New York, as that group had announced in mid-December.

Also today, DiNapoli announced the appointment of current first deputy comptroller, Mary Louise Mallick, to senior policy adviser, also effective Jan. 20. She will make $162,000 a year in the new position.

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  1. Brilliant. The history major comptroller hires a tree hugging zealot to assist him in administering hundreds of billions of public dollars about which issue neither is even remotely conversant.