Skip to primary navigation Skip to main content

Larocca -- longtime Albany insider -- announces retirement from PSC

   By Robert J. McCarthy

   At one time the name of James L. Larocca ranked as one of the most recognized in state government.

   But though one of the best known Albany insiders, he was never able to capture elective office.

   Still, his retirement as a commissioner of the Public Serive Commission -- announced Tuesday -- marks a significant milestone in the career of a top state official who served five New York governors.

   "I would like to acknowledge and thank Commissioner Larocca for his dedication and professionalism, and for the keen insights he shared with the commission and staff during his four and a half years as commissioner,” said Commission Chairman Garry Brown.
     Larocca, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 1998, served under Governors Hugh L. Carey, Mario M. Cuomo, Eliot L. Spitzer, David A. Patterson, and Andrew M. Cuomo. His previous offices included director of federal affairs, commissioner of the State Energy Office, chairman of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation, trustee of the New York Power Authority, and chairman of the Long Island Power Authority. 
   He also served on  the Commission on Bias-Related Violence, the Commission on Constitutional Revision, and the Commission on Coastal Erosion.
   In addition, Larocca was president of the Long Island Association, the region’s largest business and civic organization, and as dean of Southampton College.  He is also an award-winning playwright whose play PENANG was presented off-Broadway in 2009.

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement

About Politics Now

Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

rmccarthy@buffnews.com


Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

tprecious@buffnews.com


Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

@jillterreri | jterreri@buffnews.com


Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

@JerryZremski | jzremski@buffnews.com

Subscribe

Advertisement