Hornbeck appointment at stand still

Little led opposition to Hornbeck's appointment in the Environmental Conservation Committee, which ultimately approved his nomination Feb. 22 despite concerns from many committee members.

The committee's chair, Antoine Thompson (D-Buffalo) said Paterson had called repeatedly in an attempt to expedite Hornbeck's appointment.

Jason Koppel, chief of staff to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Carl Kruger, said last week that Paterson's choice of Hornbeck is undergoing an in-depth review following the conflict of interest claims.

Koppel stressed the appointment is still under review and not officially defeated. He also noted that finance has hundreds of appointments on its docket and the approval process is backlogged several months.

On Tuesday, finance approved 24

appointments, some dating back as far as April 2009.

Hornbeck's rejection would allow Lussi to remain in his seat until he or another nominee is approved. Little, together with many other local leaders, has been calling for his reappointment.

"As I've said before, Art Lussi has done a good job in the one term he has served as an APA commissioner and a second term is something I'm confident many people would support," Little said.

WNBZ's Jon Alexander contributed to this report

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