Cuomo's pick to run state DEC could be crucial

The state position that could have the greatest impact on the Southern Tier was not up for grabs on Election Day.

In fact, it's never up for election at all.

There's only one vote that counts when it comes to finding a commissioner for the state's Department of Environmental Conservation: Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo's.

With the DEC's review of permitting guidelines for drilling in the Marcellus Shale expected to drag into 2011, and an EPA plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed set to be finalized by year's end, all eyes are on Cuomo as he assembles his administration and decides who will lead the dwindling agency.

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