The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s top lawyer is on his way out after about two years on the job.
Steven Russo, DEC deputy commissioner and general counsel, is leaving for a job in the private sector, agency spokeswoman Emily DeSantis confirmed Tuesday. Russo will head to Greenberg Traurig, a law firm with offices across the globe, including Albany, White Plains and New York City.
He will “lead the firm’s New York environmental practice” and starts later this month, according to DeSantis.
Russo has played a key role in the Cuomo administration’s review of hydrofracking, often serving as support at legislative hearings. He was criticized by environmental and anti-fracking groups last year when it was found he had emailed a draft document to a gas-industry attorney before they were released to the public.
Previously, Russo had worked for Sive, Paget & Riesel, a New York City-based environmental law firm.