N.Y. Power Authority Names Former State Environmental
Official New General Counsel
February 13, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President
and Chief Executive Officer Timothy S. Carey on Monday named Thomas J.
Kelly, a Brewster attorney and former president of the New York State
Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), as NYPA’s new executive vice
president and general counsel.
“Tom is well suited to be the Power Authority’s new
top attorney, considering his impressive track record heading up EFC, and
extensive knowledge of state and federal environmental laws, municipal
finance, labor relations and corporate law,” Carey said. “His background
squares well with what we do in helping to meet Governor Pataki’s ambitious
energy and environmental goals, and I’m looking forward to working closely
Kelly, whose appointment is subject to review of the
NYPA trustees, is replacing David E. Blabey, who is leaving after more than
eight years as the Authority’s secretary and general counsel, in addition to
executive vice president for most of that time.
During Kelly’s tenure at EFC, from August 2000 to when
he resigned effective February 13, 2006, the corporation, which reports to
the Governor, became one of the largest revenue bond issuers in the country,
for environmental projects protecting public health. This included working
with local and state governments and private enterprise to finance projects
engaged in air-pollution control, drinking-water- and wastewater treatment,
and solid- and hazardous-waste disposal.
Kelly initiated a major refunding by EFC that resulted
in savings of more than $140 million for municipal borrowers. He also
stepped up the corporation’s funding of water-quality projects from a
revolving fund created for this purpose.
In 2004, Governor Pataki appointed him to represent
New York on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Blue Ribbon Finance Panel—a
multi-state group for developing strategies for financing the restoration of
From 2002 through 2004, Kelly served as the Region II
board member for the Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities (CIFA),
a national organization that plays an important role in the public funding
of water and sewer projects.
Since 2004, he has been a member of the Council for
the State University College at Geneseo.
Before joining the Environmental Facilities Corp.,
Kelly operated his own law firm in Brewster, from April 1993 to July 2000,
along with representing the village as its municipal attorney. He also
served as assistant counsel to then-State Senator George E. Pataki, from
1993 to 1994, and to State Senator Vincent L. Liebell of Patterson, from
1995 to 1997.
Kelly graduated from Pace University School of Law in
1989 and holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the State University of
New York at Buffalo. He is a member of the New York and Connecticut Bar
He and his wife Carolyn have four children.
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