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Cuomo recommends Quiniones for NYPA presidency

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is recommending Gil C. Quiniones for the presidency of the New York Power Authority.

Mr. Quiniones became acting president and CEO when the former head of the authority, Richard Kessel, stepped down in July amid scandal and investigations.

“He is a dedicated public servant who knows every aspect of the Power Authority- from the power lines to the extraordinary potential to harness New York’s energy resources to support economic development and job creation. In addition, Gil will ensure that NYPA continues to forge a path towards making our state more energy efficient,” Mr. Cuomo said in a news release announcing the recommendation.

The choice must be approved by the full Senate. Mr. Quiniones already has one of 62 votes: that of state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton.

"There is clearly a new attitude at NYPA and, as a member of the Senate’s Energy Committee, I look forward to working with Mr. Quiniones and members of the NYPA Board to build a relationship of renewed trust, and produce results and new jobs for Upstate New York," she said in an emailed statement.

NYPA controls the St. Lawrence-FDR hydroelectric dam in Massena and gives companies discount power for economic development.

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