N.Y. Power Authority Trustees Elect Gil Quiniones and Judith McCarthy as NYPA President-CEO and as General Counsel

Michael Saltzman
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November 15, 2011



WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees Tuesday elected Gil C. Quiniones as NYPA president and chief executive officer following the recommendation by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last month for him to be selected to head the statewide public power utility (http://governor.ny.gov/press/10312011Appointments).

Quiniones has served as NYPA’s acting president and CEO since September and before that as its chief operating officer since June 2008.  His appointment as head of the Power Authority, with primary responsibility for all its statewide activities, is subject to confirmation by the New York State Senate.

The Power Authority trustees also elected Judith C. McCarthy as NYPA’s executive vice president and general counsel.  Since January, when she joined the Power Authority from the Office of the New York State Attorney General as first deputy general counsel, McCarthy has served as the acting general counsel and has been the chief legal officer of NYPA. 

“The elections of Mr. Quiniones and Ms. McCarthy to these very important NYPA positions as president and CEO and as general counsel, are a testament to the confidence of the Power Authority Board of Trustees in these two extremely capable individuals who are well prepared for the job requirements in their having already carried out the responsibilities as acting heads,” said Michael J. Townsend, NYPA chairman.  “The high-achieving qualities that the two of them bring to their executive management jobs will advance the integral role that the Power Authority plays in helping to attain the goals of Governor Cuomo for ensuring reliable, clean and affordable electricity and promoting economic development.”

“Mr. Quiniones and Ms. McCarthy are integral members of the Power Authority’s leadership team and have solid credentials for the jobs that our board of trustees has elected them to,” said Jonathan F. Foster, NYPA vice chairman.  “They’re true professionals in every sense of
the word, and are well-deserving of being appointed to the executive management jobs that they excelled at in acting capacities.  I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with both of them, in the trustees’ oversight of NYPA senior management, in connection with the crucial functions that the Power Authority undertakes on behalf of the people of New York State.”

Prior to the trustees’ action, the board’s Governance Committee recommended that Quiniones and McCarthy be elected to their positions, as provided for under NYPA’s by-laws.  

As the Power Authority’s chief operating officer, Quiniones managed and monitored the day-to-day operations of the Authority’s 17 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines—part of the critical infrastructure of the state’s electric power system.  He joined NYPA in October 2007 as executive vice president of energy marketing and corporate affairs. 

 He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, a not-for-profit organization that conducts research and development related to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public.

He is also active in the affairs of two national public power organizations, serving on the Steering Committee of the Large Public Power Council and as NYPA’s principal representative to the American Public Power Association.

Before joining the Power Authority, Quiniones served for more than four years as senior vice president of energy and telecommunications for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he was the city’s chief consultant on energy policy issues.  He previously worked at Consolidated Edison for 16 years and was one of the four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions, the utility’s unregulated energy services company.    

As executive vice president and general counsel, Judith McCarthy is charged with advising and representing the Power Authority in all legal matters and proceedings. Throughout her career, McCarthy has held a number of responsible positions in all levels of state and local government.

Prior to joining the Power Authority, McCarthy was the assistant attorney general in charge of the Attorney General’s Westchester Regional Office, where she oversaw attorneys representing the state and its agencies in all facets of civil litigation affecting Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. 

Preceding her tenure at the Attorney General’s, McCarthy served as first deputy general counsel at the New York City Human Resources Administration, Office of Legal Affairs, and was deputy assistant chief of the General Litigation Division of the New York City Corporation Counsel’s Office.   

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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