Edwards Named to State Public Service Commission

Former Town Board member Tracey A. Edwards has been named a commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission.

She and John B. Howard were nominated by Gov. Cuomo and confirmed by the State Senate last week.

Edwards worked for Verizon and its predecessor for nearly 40 years.

She said: “I thank Governor Cuomo for giving me the opportunity to join the Public Service Commission. I am honored, and upon assuming the role of PSC commissioner, my focus will be on meeting the governor’s clean energy and carbon goals to combat climate change and continue the excellent work of the PSC to reform the energy industry to be more consumer-focused, efficient, and environmentally friendly.”

John B. Howard brings more than 16 years of experience in the energy sector to the Commission. He has served in Cuomo’s administration since 2011, most recently as director of chamber operations.

The PSC regulates the state’s electric, gas, steam, telecommunications, and water utilities. The PSC also oversees the cable industry. The PSC is charged by law with the responsibility for setting rates and ensuring that adequate service is provided by New York’s utilities. In addition, the PSC has
jurisdiction over the siting of major gas and electric transmission facilities and has responsibility for ensuring the safety of natural gas and liquid petroleum pipelines.

The PSC consists of up to five members, each appointed by the governor and confirmed by the State Senate for a term of six years.


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