Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

May 17, 2007

For Release: Immediate
Press Contact:
Eileen Larrabee
Catherine Jimenez

Hall Appointed Executive Director Of Palisades Interstate Park Commission

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash announced the appointment of Jim Hall as Executive Director of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. Hall has been serving as acting Executive Director since Ash was appointed State Parks Commissioner in January.

"As a member of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, Jim Hall has proven to be a leader in overseeing park operations and managing environmental and open space issues in both New York and New Jersey," said Ash. "Having worked directly with Jim, I am confident that he is the right choice to spearhead the commission as it moves forward and faces the challenges that are unique to the Palisades region."

PIPC, a federally-chartered bi-state agency, administers 30 parks, parkways and historic sites for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in New York as well as the Palisades Interstate Park and Parkway in New Jersey. As Executive Director of PIPC, Hall will be responsible for managing more than 110,000 acres of forest, wildlife habitats, and cultural resources in New York and New Jersey.

Hall joined PIPC in 1999 as Superintendent of the New Jersey section, overseeing New Jersey park operations as well as the New Jersey portion of the Palisades Interstate Parkway, the police department and court operations and the New Jersey Highlands preservation efforts. In 2004, he was promoted to Deputy Executive Director where he oversaw commission operations in both New York and New Jersey.

Prior to joining PIPC, Hall served for 21 years at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the last 10 of which were as Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources. As Assistant Commissioner, Hall provided broad management and policy direction over various state programs including Parks and Forestry, Coastal Engineering, Fish and Wildlife, Green Acres and Natural Resource Damages.

Hall holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University.