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N.Y. Power Authority Trustees Elect Justin E. Driscoll as NYPA's Executive Vice President and General Counsel

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Ethan Riegelhaupt
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July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Trustees on Tuesday elected Justin E. Driscoll as NYPA executive vice president and general counsel. In that capacity, he will serve as chief legal officer of the statewide public power utility, which owns and operates 16 hydroelectric and clean natural-gas-fueled power plants and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines and administers major efforts for improving New York State’s energy efficiency and clean energy use.

Before joining the Power Authority this week, Mr. Driscoll was in private practice. For over 30 years, he represented Fortune 500 corporations and governmental entities, tried cases in state and federal court, argued appeals, and served as underwriters’ counsel in transactions involving the issuance of state and local debt. Most recently, he was a partner in Brown &Weinraub PLLC in New York City.

“The NYPA trustees’ election of Justin Driscoll to executive vice president and general counsel will provide another seasoned professional to an already outstanding NYPA executive management team,” said John R. Koelmel, chairman of the New York Power Authority. “Justin’s substantial experience in state government matters and extensive knowledge of public authorities will prove to be very useful in helping to navigate the significant and transformative changes occurring in the electric power industry.” 

“I look forward to working closely with Justin for the continued successful stewardship of the Power Authority’s statewide operations,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “Justin’s outstanding legal and policy counsel will be of great benefit in carrying out the New York Power Authority’s major initiatives for modernizing the state’s electric power system and advancing clean, economical energy supplies and economic development.” 

Mr. Driscoll has had significant public authority experience, having acted as outside litigation counsel for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, from 1995 to 2003, and serving as senior vice president and general counsel of the New York State Housing Finance Agency and the State of New York Mortgage Agency, from January 2005 to August 2007.

As NYPA executive vice president and general counsel, Mr. Driscoll will serve as an advisor to the NYPA trustees and executive management and represent the Power Authority on all legal matters and proceedings. His oversight responsibility of NYPA’s Law Department includes an Ethics and Compliance division, which upholds the Authority’s commitment to the highest standards of governance.

Mr. Driscoll received his law degree in 1981 from New York Law School and received his bachelor’s degree from American University, School of Public Affairs.


He is a resident of Harrison, N.Y., in Westchester County.  

 

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ 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 the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.