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For Release: Tuesday, October 1, 2013

DEC Commissioner Martens Appoints Martin D. Brand as New Region 3 Director

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has promoted Martin D. Brand to lead its Region 3 office in New Paltz, Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. As the new regional director, Brand will oversee all agency efforts in Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.

"Martin Brand will call upon his three decades of work experience in a myriad of environmental areas including environmental site investigation, remediation and solid and hazardous waste regulations," Commissioner Martens said. "DEC is fortunate to be able to elevate from our pool of very talented and committed employees who has served the agency well in different capacities and who is dedicated to our mission of protecting the environment. Brand will continue DEC's excellent record of protecting the environment while implementing Governor Cuomo's open for business policy.

"I appreciate and thank Tom Rudolph for the fine work he has done over the past six months by serving as acting regional director," Commissioner Martens continued. "He will return to his previous duties as regional engineer for DEC."

Most recently, Brand served as DEC's regional materials management supervisor in Region 3. He executed statewide policies and regulations for materials management, with core work in facilities, permitting, inspections, enforcement, pesticide regulation, solid waste recycling, planning outreach and administration. Brand's efforts over the past two years have concentrated on reducing a permit backlog; helping local planning units complete local solid waste management plans; raising the public profile of the program and increasing efficiency, compliance and recycling rates. Brand also worked in DEC's Division of Remediation as a remedial projects manager and in the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste as an assistant engineering geologist. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

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