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Two new faces at NYPA

The state Power Authority's governing board has two new members. That leaves one more vacancy to fill on the seven-member board, perhaps someone from Western New York.

The State Senate has approved the nominations of Eugene L. Nicandri of Massena and Jonathan F. Foster of New York City. They will serve five-year terms without compensation.

This, from a NYPA press release:

Judge Nicandri, whose legal work contributed to the establishment of the Massena Electric Department in 1981, served on the St. Lawrence County Court from 1985 until 2004, when he retired.  Jonathan Foster has 20 years of experience as an investment banker and private equity investor for major financial firms.

Here's a link to the press release.

Gov. David Paterson still has one seat to fill, that of retired NYPA Chairman Frank McCullough, who stepped down July 31. State Sen. George Maziarz, the Newfane Republican who heads the Senate Energy Committee that vets appointments, has made it known he'd like to see that vacancy filled with a Western New Yorker. Elise Cusack's term will expire next May, and the thinking is that the governor could fill McCullough's seat with someone from here and fill Cusack's seat next year with someone outside the region.

Meanwhile, the authority's top job, that of president and CEO, remains vacant. Roger Kelley's resignation took effect three weeks ago and Paterson has yet to select a successor. In the meantime, Gil Quiniones is running the show as acting chief operating officer.

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