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Westchester Attorney, Frank S. McCullough, Jr., Elected Chairman of New York Power Authority

Michael Saltzman

April 28, 2006


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 State.”

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 public facilities.”

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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