Binghamton University to host discussion on NYS water quality


Mark Hoffer, general counsel of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), will discuss the quality of New York state water at 4 p.m. Thursday, November 13, in room 206 of the Science Library on the BU campus. The presentation, titled “New York City Memorandum of Agreement: Forging a Partnership to Protect Water Quality,” is free and open to the public.

Hoffer has been general counsel of the DEP since 1994, serving as chief legal officer and manager of the Bureau of Legal Affairs. During the two years of negotiations leading up to the 1997 New York City Watershed Memorandum of Agreement, he was a key member of the City’s negotiating team, which included attorneys and other professionals from the NYC Mayor’s Office, DEP and the New York City Law Department.

Hoffer received his undergraduate degree from Queens College of the City University of New York and a law degree from Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Yale Law Journal. Upon graduation from law school, he was appointed and served as law clerk to the Hon. Harrison L. Winter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

Prior to entering public service, Hoffer served as an associate at the law firm of Debevoise, Plimpton, Lyons & Gates, and as a corporate attorney for two major international corporations. His government appointments have included: senior vice president, secretary and general counsel of Financial Services Corporation of New York City, now known as the NYC Economic Development Corporation; senior vice president and general counsel of New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation; and executive director and counsel for the NYC Conflicts of Interest Board.

Hoffer’s presentation is sponsored by BU’s Department of Environmental Studies. For more information, contact Burrell Montz at 607-777-2615.

Last Updated: 9/17/13