Pataki names new head for PSC

NORWICH – With one month to go in his final term as governor, George Pataki decided not to yield at least one concession to the reform-claiming governor-elect, Eliot Spitzer.

Pataki went ahead and appointed a new chairperson to the state’s Public Service Commission Friday, replacing William Flynn, who resigned Thursday. According to a press release, Pataki named Patricia Acampora as the new head of the PSC, which is the agency charged with reviewing power line proposals such as the New York Regional Interconnection, which would traverse through 44 miles of Chenango County. Acampora is a former state Assemblywoman from Long Island and was – up until her promotion – one of five commissioners with the PSC.

“Commissioner Acampora’s legislative background and recent experience on the commission make her ideally suited to step into the role as chairwoman,” Governor Pataki said. “Pat has a long, distinguished career in public service and I am confident she will continue to serve the people of New York well in her new role.”

According to a spokesperson from the PSC, Spitzer will still be able to make his own choice once in office Jan. 1.

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