Turning a blind eye to the Marginalized . . .
It's more than just being out of touch with the average citizen. Snobbery has resulted in an all-out exclusivity in which individuals are hand-picked in order to be included in the activities of a department which swore to uphold the law, regulate the natural resources justly and be available for every New Yorker. Public service agencies are not just for people who help the staff with their personal and political agendas. Needlesstosay, ....
THE DEPARTMENT HAS FAILED MISERABLY ! ! !
Another area of real concern when discussing the Ivory Tower is the CYA mentality of the Department, especially that of the attorneys. Instead of fielding complaints and taking care of them or sending them along to another appropriate contact for resolution, the attorneys just cover up any wrongdoing committed by a staff member. For instance, when the SLU misrepresents a law, the GC will change their interpretation of the law to match the SLU's contrived interpretation or the attorney will tell you to go back to the SLU and ask them. The latter makes no sense as the SLU is the department which misrepresented the law in the first place. This is how distrust for and resentment of the Department is fueled among those whom the department licenses as well as unlicensed members of the public.
"Have your attorney call me."
If you ever self-litigate against the DEC, it won't take you long to recognize the treatment you are receiving from the attorneys in the General Counsel ("GC"). You are virtually barred from getting the information you would have otherwise if you had an attorney representing you.
Given that the vast majority of self-represented litigants are pro se due to financial hardship, one can see the class system at work already. The NYSDEC will slither around doing the right thing and deceive others as much as it has to in order to catch a litigant without an attorney. They will then hold you to the same standards in the hearing as the staff attorney who has the obvious benefit of a formal legal education, fulfillment of qualifying criteria to gain entrance into the state bar, years of experience in litigation and legal strategy, researching and interpreting the law as well as a vast network of colleagues on all levels of government. Again, this is an ethical consideration of which it is clear the NYSDEC legalists ignore and refuse to make. What kind of people do this and why do they place so much value in winning at any cost? Good people don't to this. Unfortunately, New York residents have been stuck with a department full of bad people doing bad things to good people. This must change.
Speaking of the devil, ---> meet its right-hand "man", also known as "our stalker".