Friday, February 13, 2009

Governor Paterson Renominates Two PSC Commissioners

With terms of two seats on the Public Service Commission expiring on February 1st, Governor David Paterson opted on February 9th to renominate the sitting members whose terms expired, Chairman Garry Brown and Commissioner Patricia Acampora, to new six year terms. Brown was appointed a little over a year ago by former Governor Spitzer to complete an unexpired term; Acampora was appointed in 2005 by former Governor Pataki and served for about a year as Chairman prior to Brown.

A group of 45 community organizations had requested the Governor to nominate new commissioners more attuned to the needs of consumers. See Public Interest Coalition Urges Transparency in Selection Process for PSC Commissioners, and blog posts at the New York Times and Newsday. In a press release announcing the nominations, Gov. Paterson cited Brown’s industry knowledge and lauded Acampora’s "commitment to consumer rights."

The nominations are subject to Senate confirmation. No date has been set for the Senate hearings.

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