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NYS Conservation Fund Advisory Board

The New York State Conservation Fund Advisory Board (CFAB) was established by law to make recommendations to state agencies on state government plans, policies, and programs affecting fish and wildlife.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review the allocations and expenditures of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for fish and wildlife purposes.
  • Release information or reports to the sportsmen/women and the general public regarding the conservation fund and fish and wildlife programs.
  • Consult with fish and wildlife interests and render annual reports to the Commissioner of DEC on fiscal needs and make recommendations on how such needs shall be met.
  • Assist DEC's efforts to expand available sources of income for the conservation fund and provide advice toward the needs of various fish and wildlife programs.
  • Encourage public participation in fishing, hunting and trapping and promote conservation and management of New York's natural resources.

More specific duties and responsibilities are found within the bylaws and objectives (link in the left-hand column of this page).

Members of the Board

Each of the eleven appointed CFAB voting members have long-standing interest, knowledge and experience in fish and wildlife management, including hunting, fishing, trapping and related conservation activities. At the time of designation, board members must hold a valid New York state hunting, fishing or trapping license and have held one three years prior. The members are not employees of DEC and voluntarily perform their responsibilities within their three year term. Of the eleven appointed members; one is chosen to represent the New York State Conservation Council Inc. (NYSCC), one to represent The New York State Fish and Wildlife Management Act Board (FWMB), and nine to represent the DEC regions with one resident per region. In addition, ex-officio, non-voting members also serve the Board.

CFAB Member Contact Information
Nominating Authority Representative
(click on name
for biography
Contact Information
Governor Gordon J. Whiting
Residence - Region 2
Appointed by
Governor Pataki
Appointed: November 14, 2006
70 East 96th St, Apt 11B,
New York, NY 10128-0752
(212) 883-4157 (W) (212) 348-1520 (H)
(917) 941-4257 (M)
(212) 883-4141 (Fax-W) (212) 348-1521 (Fax-H)
Tom Williams
Residence - Region 4
Appointed by Governor Cuomo
Appointed: October 16, 2015
38 Pleasant View Drive
Hudson, New York 12534
(518) 821-6406
Charlie Pace
Residence - Region 7
Appointed by
Governor Spitzer
Appointed: February 16, 2009
3207 Moraine Rd,
Cazenovia, NY 13035
(315) 655-9766 (H )
Senate Vacant
Residence-Region 1
Appointed by Senate Majority
David Corr
Residence--Region 6
Appointed by John L. Sampson
Senate Minority
Appointed: November 28, 2011
28 Sanger Ave
New Hartford, NY 13413
315 724-7864 (H)
Marc A. Osypian
Residence-Region 8
Appointed By Dean G. Skelos
Senate Majority Leader
Reappointed: February 11, 2014
2551 Lakeville Rd
Avon, NY 14414
(585) 226-2889 (H)
Assembly Vacant
Residence-Region 3
Appointed by Assembly Majority
Jason Kemper
Residence--Region 5
Appointed by Brian M. Kolb
Assembly Minority Leader
Reappointed: February 9, 2016
217 Northville Rd,
Edinburg, NY 12134
(518) 884-4705 (W) (518) 863-8575 (H)
(518) 281-6864 (M)
Dale F. Dunkelberger
Residence--Region 9
Appointed by Sheldon Silver, Speaker
Assembly Majority
Reappointed: May 5, 2011
7741 Lincoln Avenue Ext.
Lockport, NY 14094
(716) 434-9268 (H)
Statutory Raymond Merlotto
NYS Conservation Council
Residence--Region 3
17 Flint Road,
Patterson, NY 12563-9726
(845) 279-4352 (H)
Bill Conners (Secretary)
NYS F&W Mgt Board
Residence-Region 3
686 Traver Road
Pleasant Valley, NY 12569
845-635-1606 (H)
Ex Officio Members
Nominating Authority Contact Information
Assembly Ways &
Means Committee
(518) 455-4026
Senate Environmental
Conservation Committee
(518) 455-3371
Assembly Environmental
Conservation Committee
(518) 455-5787
Commissioner of NYS Department of
Environmental Conservation
(518) 402-8540
(518) 402-8541
Senate Finance Committee
(518) 455-2862

Board members can also be contacted by writing NYS Conservation Fund Advisory Board, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4750, or by e-mailing Conservation Fund Advisory Board.

More about NYS Conservation Fund Advisory Board:

  • CFAB Monthly Meetings and Annual Reports - Review annual reports submitted to the Commissioner and meeting notes taken during the monthly Conservation Fund Advisory Board meetings.
  • CFAB Correspondences - View correspondence that the Conservation Fund Advisory Board has written regarding various sportsmen issues and funding matters associated with the State's Fish and Wildlife program
  • CFAB Member Biographies - Learn about the Conservation Fund Advisory Board members who dedicate their time toward fish and wildlife.
  • CFAB Bylaws and Objectives - Review the By Laws and Rules of Order that were adopted to regulate the actions and procedures of the Conservation Fund Advisory Board.
  • Laws Establishing CFAB - Review literature from the Legislative laws pertaining to the Conservation Fund in the State Finance Law and the Conservation Fund Advisory Board in the Environmental Conservation Law.