For Release: Thursday, August 4, 2011
Gerstman Joins DEC as Executive Deputy Commissioner; McTiernan to Serve as Deputy Counsel
Marc S. Gerstman has joined the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as the agency's Executive Deputy Commissioner and Edward F. McTiernan will serve as the agency's Deputy Counsel, Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.
"Marc's vast experience handling environmental and regulatory issues makes him a natural fit for DEC," Martens said. "The agency will benefit from Marc's background working with business interests, the environmental community and municipalities. Marc's return to DEC is a welcome addition and he will be an asset to our leadership team."
Gerstman formerly worked at DEC for 13 years, leading its legal team as Deputy Commissioner & General Counsel for the last six years. Marc also served as the agency's Deputy General Counsel & Director of Legal Affairs. For the past 16 years, Gerstman has managed his own law practice specializing in environmental, natural resource, land use, zoning, administrative and municipal law.
Gerstman earned his juris doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY New Paltz. He started at DEC today.
"Ed is a seasoned litigator who is intimately familiar with environmental regulatory issues," Martens said. "His knowledge of the remediation process and his skill in resolving environmental disputes will make him a valuable member of our legal team."
For the past 17 years, McTiernan served as a litigator with Gibbon, P.C., a New Jersey-based law firm, where he acted as a director and led the firm's environmental practice group. In this role, McTiernan represented clients before federal and state administrative agencies and litigated complex environmental actions. McTiernan also previously held positions as an environmental scientist focused on site remediation.
McTiernan earned a juris doctorate degree from Seton Hall University, a master's degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry and a bachelor's degree from Fordham University. He starts at the agency Aug. 29.