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Editors Note: On Tuesday, March 27, state Assemblyman Pete Grannis nomination to head the state Department of Environmental Conservation was approved by the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. The nomination now need only be approved by the full Senate, which could come as early as next week. Sen. Betty Littles was one of only three members of the committee to vote against the nomination. The vote passed 11-3, to cheers from the Manhattan Democrats supporters. The following was Littles response following the vote. My vote in committee today against Assemblyman Grannis' confirmation as the next DEC commissioner reflects the overwhelming opposition and concern voiced by the constituents I represent. "Dozens of groups have contacted me in opposition to Mr. Grannis' confirmation. These groups include hunters, anglers, trappers, veterans, the disabled, snowmobilers and local governments. In addition, hundreds of constituents have written, called or emailed my office urging a vote against Assemblyman Grannis. By contrast, only a handful of people contacted me in support of Mr. Grannis. "I cast my vote today based on Assemblyman Grannis' legislative record of more than 30 years representing a Manhattan district. Unfortunately, it is a record that, in my opinion, has been out of sync with and lacking concern for many of those living and working in the Adirondacks. "As DEC commissioner, Mr. Grannis will have the authority to set administrative policy which will carry the weight of law and have far-reaching implications. I have met with Mr. Grannis privately and I asked many questions of him during the hearing. It is my hope that he will take time to reflect on the issues and concerns we have discussed and, if confirmed as is expected, carefully consider the impact of future DEC decisions on the lives of those throughout the State, including within the Adirondack Park. I'm looking for a balance between protecting our natural resources and encouraging economic growth to ensure sustainable Adirondack communities."

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