Timothy S. Carey

Photograph of Chief Operating Officer Timothy S. Carey

Timothy S. Carey was elected president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) by the Power Authority’s trustees on January 31, 2006.  He had been NYPA’s chief operating officer since September 2005 and had previously served as a Power Authority trustee, beginning in November 2000.

Mr. Carey served as president and CEO of the Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) from May 1999 to September 2005. He led the distinctive 92-acre waterfront community, which is home to the World Financial Center, 30 acres of parkland and more than 9,000 permanent residences, in its recovery after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, located directly across the street on Manhattan’s Lower West Side. 

During that period, Mr. Carey oversaw the environmentally balanced development of Battery Park city and had the unprecedented responsibility of directing construction of The Solaire, the nation’s first sustainable “green” residential high-rise building. The Solaire achieved Gold designation in 2004 under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

At the Power Authority, Mr. Carey spearheaded a process that in January 2007 resulted in designation of NYPA’s administrative office building in White Plains as the first building in New York State to earn LEED Gold-EB (Existing Building) recognition from the USGBC. Under his leadership, the Authority carried out measures to improve indoor air quality, conserve water, expand recycling and ensure the use of non-hazardous paints and cleaning products.  These and other initiatives complemented a major energy efficiency program previously completed in the building.

Mr. Carey, who is widely recognized as a leading proponent of sustainable development, was named to the USGBC’s national Board of Directors for 2007.

He has served as a board member of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and, before his appointment to the BPCA post, was chairman and executive director of the New York State Consumer Protection Board.

In 1984 Mr. Carey was elected to the Westchester County Legislature, where he served five consecutive terms as representative of the City of Peekskill and the Town of Cortlandt. As a legislator, he served as chairman of the Committee on Community Affairs and Housing and the Public Works Committee.  He also chaired the Task Force on the Board of Elections. His service included seats on the following committees: Public Works, Budget, Legislative, and County Officers and Departments.  Mr. Carey also served on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

In 1991 Mr. Carey was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to serve with 11 other distinguished Americans as a member of the Welfare Simplification and Coordination Advisory Committee.  The committee authored a report entitled “Time for a Change: Remaking the Nation’s Welfare System."  It was published in 1993.

Born in Ossining, N.Y., on January 16, 1947, Mr. Carey is a lifelong resident of Westchester County.  He attended local public and parochial schools.  In July 1966, Mr. Carey entered the United States Army, serving as a military policeman until his honorable discharge in July 1968.  Following his service to his country, Mr. Carey entered Westchester Community College and earned an Associate of Arts degree in 1971. He continued his education at the State University of New York at Albany, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974.

Mr. Carey currently serves as chairman of the Westchester Community College Board of Trustees.  He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Rockefeller College of the University at Albany.

He is past commander of American Legion Parker-Bale Post 1597 in Ossining.

Mr. Carey and his family are the subject of a book by Samuel Freedman entitled “The Inheritance”—how three families and America moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and beyond.  The book traces the lives of those families and how their political transformation mirrors changes in America’s political landscape over the past 60 years.

Mr. Carey and his wife, Alida, live in the Town of Cortlandt.  They are the proud parents of a daughter, Dawn, and three sons, Thomas, Sean and Brian, and have six grandchildren.  Mr. Carey has written and lectured on issues of government and politics.