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Council Lauds Governor's Appointment of Dale Bryk, Amanada Lefton to Key Environment Posts

The Adirondack Council today lauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s choices for Deputy Secretary and First Assistant Secretary for Energy and the Environment, which are his two top environmental positions.

Dale Bryk and Amanda Lefton are excellent choices for the Governor’s top environmental advisors,” said William C. Janeway, Executive Director of the Adirondack Council, the Park’s largest environmental organization. “We have admired and appreciated Dale’s work at the Natural Resources Defense Council and know she will bring a high level of expertise and enthusiasm to the Governor’s office. Amanda has been a strong and persuasive voice for environmental protection at The Nature Conservancy and has an excellent appreciation for conservation history in New York. We look forward to working with both of them to ensure the Governor’s success preserving the legacy of the Adirondacks for future generations.”

According to the Governor’s news release:

Bryk will be appointed Deputy Secretary for Energy and the Environment. She currently serves at the Natural Resources Defense Council where she has served in a variety of positions, including Chief Planning Officer, Director of Programs, and Director of the Energy & Transportation Program. Throughout her 21 years at NRDC, she has worked to develop and implement climate, energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean transportation policies. From 2002 to 2010, she also taught the Environmental Law Clinic at Yale Law School. Before joining NRDC, she practiced corporate law in New York. She holds a bachelor's degree from Colgate University, a master's from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.”

Lefton will be appointed First Assistant Secretary for Energy and the Environment. She currently serves as Deputy Policy Director for the Nature Conservancy in New York. Prior, Ms. Lefton led the Albany District of the Rochester Regional Joint Board of Workers United and served as a Legislative Associate for the State Assembly and worked for the State Senate. She holds a B.A. from the University at Albany.”

Note: Amanda Lefton most recently worked at The Nature Conservancy as an assistant to Jessica Ottney Mahar, who was formerly a member of Adirondack Council’s government relations team in Albany.


John F. Sheehan

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