Westchester Attorney, Frank S.
McCullough, Jr., Elected Chairman of New York Power Authority
April 28, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
Trustees Friday elected Frank S. McCullough, Jr., a long-standing
NYPA trustee, as the Authority’s chairman, to replace Joseph J.
Seymour, who is stepping down after his second stint as chairman of
the board, effective May 1.
McCullough, a prominent attorney from the City of
Rye, had been NYPA’s vice chairman for the last four years, after
becoming a member of the Authority’s board in July 1997. The NYPA
trustees Friday also elected Michael J. Townsend, a Rochester
attorney and NYPA board member since February 2004, to succeed
McCullough as vice chairman.
“I appreciate the confidence of my fellow trustees
in electing me chairman, as the Power Authority continues its vital
work for improving New York State’s energy efficiency, introducing
new clean generating technologies, enhancing air quality, and
reducing dependence on expensive foreign oil,” said McCullough.
“These are priorities that Joseph Seymour and Timothy S. Carey,
NYPA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, have given the utmost
importance to, under Governor Pataki’s direction, and an outlook I
share regarding the Authority’s role for the people of the Empire
Joseph Seymour said, “I’m grateful for the
opportunities that Governor Pataki has provided for the various
positions I’ve held in New York State government, including two
stints as NYPA’s chairman, in 2001 and this past year. It’s an honor
to have been part of the Power Authority’s latest accomplishments,
including placing into service one of the cleanest, most efficient
power plants in New York City’s history; the submittal of a new
license application for the Niagara hydroelectric power project; the
approval of a permit application by the Adirondack Park Agency for a
much-needed power line; new fuel cell and solar power installations;
and investment in energy-efficiency projects for tax-supported
Seymour served as the Authority’s chairman and
chief executive officer from March 2001 to January 2002 before
becoming executive director of the Port Authority of New York and
New Jersey, a position he held through October 2004.
McCullough is chairman of the New York State
Economic Development Power Allocation Board, which reviews
applications and makes recommendations for allocations from two
power programs administered by NYPA. He is also a board member of
the Seaway Private Equity Corp., which provides NYPA funding for
promoting high-tech job development in St. Lawrence County.
McCullough is senior partner in the law firm of
McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP, with offices in White Plains.
He has practiced law in Westchester County since 1968 and has been a
partner since 1972 in the firm, which specializes in real estate
development, zoning, environmental law, banking law, commercial
transactions, litigation and trusts and estates law.
Over the years, McCullough has been active in
numerous civic and volunteer organizations in Westchester. He
previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees of New York
United Hospital—a division of New York Hospital—and on its Executive
Committee; the Pace University School of Law Board of Visitors; the
Board of Trustees of Greenwood Union Cemetery; the Board of
Directors of Village Bank and general counsel; and chairman of the
Board of Governors of the Westchester Golf Classic.
His past civic activities also include serving as
president of the Board of Trustees of St. Vincent’s Hospital,
Westchester Division; the Rye Historical Society; and the Rye Lions
Club; and as a member of the Iona College Advisory Board of
Trustees. He has also served on the Board of Directors of The
Foundation for Westchester Community College since 1985; as
president of the board, from 1987 to 1990; and as chairman, from
1990 to November 1993.
McCullough is a 1965 graduate of St. Lawrence
University and received his law degree from Albany Law School of
Union University in 1968. He is the former confidential law
secretary to New York Supreme Court Judge Elbert T. Gallagher.
He is married to the former Coralene Fellows and
has three children.
Note to Editors: Color Photo of McCullough
Available in both electronic and hard formats. Please contact
Michael Saltzman, 914-390-8181.
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■ NYPA 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-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities
in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of
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