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New Trustee Confirmed for New York Power Authority Board

Michael Saltzman

June 26, 2006


WHITE PLAINS—Confirmation by the New York State Senate Friday of Gov. George E. Pataki’s nomination of Leonard N. Spano of Yonkers as a trustee of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) brings the Authority board to its full seven-member size, as provided for under the Public Authorities Accountability Act of 2005.

“Len Spano will be applying many years of highly valued experiences in local government and the energy industry for his new oversight responsibilities on the New York Power Authority board,” said Frank S. McCullough, Jr., NYPA chairman. “His administrative and policy-setting experiences over four decades as Westchester County clerk and a county legislator, and knowledge of our industry, will be of enormous benefit, as the Power Authority works toward meeting Governor Pataki’s statewide goals for economical and reliable electricity, clean air, and economic development.”

Trustee Spano served as Westchester County clerk from 1993 to 2005 and on the county Board of Legislators, representing White Plains and Yonkers, from 1971 to 1993. He headed a home heating and fuel business in Yonkers―Spano Fuel Co.―from 1961 to 1978.

Trustee Spano served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954. He and his wife Josephine have 16 children, 36 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

His confirmation as a trustee, to a one-year term, follows the state Senate’s reappointment last week of three current NYPA trustees: Chairman McCullough; Michael J. Townsend, vice chairman; and Joseph J. Seymour. Their new terms run to May 2010, May 2011, and May 2007, respectively.

The remaining members of the Power Authority board are Robert E. Moses, Elise M. Cusack, and Thomas W. Scozzafava.

Last year’s Public Authorities Accountability Act increased the size of a number of state authority boards and established new oversight responsibilities for board members.

About NYPA:

■    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 transmission lines.

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