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NYPA Chief Operating Officer CareyA Cortlandt ResidentReceives National Award from U.S. Green Building Council

Connie M. Cullen

November 14, 2005


WHITE PLAINS—Timothy S. Carey, chief operating officer (COO), New York Power Authority (NYPA), was honored for his contribution to sustainable design and implementing green building construction guidelines at an award ceremony Thursday (Nov. 10) during the United States Green Building Council (USGBC)—Green Building 2005 Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Carey, a former Westchester County legislator, served as president and chief executive officer of the Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) when the BPCA Board of Directors voted to adopt a policy of sustainable construction for the remaining 4.5 million square feet of undeveloped land in Battery Park City.  Carey was responsible for BPCA’s adoption of Residential and Commercial Environmental Guidelines, which mandate that all future development in Battery Park City reduce energy and water consumption, incorporate recycled materials in construction as well as recycle construction waste and enhance indoor air quality. The Solaire in Battery Park City was the nation’s first sustainable residential high-rise building constructed under these guidelines.

“The Power Authority family of customers, staff and trustees across New York extend to Tim our heartiest congratulations on this well-deserved recognition,” said Joseph J. Seymour, chairman, NYPA.  “Tim’s expertise in sustainable design and construction perfectly complements NYPA’s energy conservation initiatives to help realize Governor George Pataki’s efforts to reduce dependency on foreign oil, improve air quality and cut utility costs.”

“Tim fully appreciates that attainment of environmental and economic goals doesn’t have to come at the expense of one or the other, and that’s crystallized by the sustainable building construction at Battery Park City Authority, which he spearheaded,” said Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer, NYPA. “Advanced energy technologies make progress in both areas possible, as we’re proving everyday at the New York Power Authority through investment in energy efficiency and new clean generating technologies.”

The 2005 USGBC Leadership Award for Advocacy and Influence recognizes outstanding vision, leadership and commitment to the evolution of green building design and construction.  Governor Pataki received the 2002 USGBC Leadership Award for being the first Governor to introduce Green Building Tax Credits and for his overall work toward promoting sustainable development.

During his tenure at BPCA, Carey was also responsible for working to recover Battery Park City following the attack on the World Trade Center, located across the street.  In September 2005, Carey was appointed NYPA COO after stepping down from the BPCA following six years of service.  

Before joining the BPCA, Carey served as chairman and executive director of the New York State Consumer Protection Board and as director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs for Governor Pataki. He began his public service career in 1984, when he was elected to the first of five consecutive terms on the Westchester County Board of Legislators as representative of the city of Peekskill and the town of Cortlandt. As a legislator, he served as chairman of both the Committee on Community Affairs and Housing, and the Public Works Committee.  He also chaired the Task Force on the Board of Elections. His membership service included seats on the following committees: Public Works, Budget, Legislative, and County Officers and Departments.  He also served on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

Carey currently serves as chairman of the Westchester Community College Board of Trustees.  He formerly served as a board member for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, a public-benefit corporation that encourages innovative technologies for solutions to energy and environmental issues, and as a trustee for NYPA.

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


The New York Power Authority is the nation’s largest nonfederal public power utility, with 17 generating plants in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  NYPA uses no tax money or credit in its operations.  The Power Authority finances operations through the sale of bonds and earns revenue from proceeds of its operations, which is in large part, the sale of electricity.  NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technology and electric transportation initiatives.