New York State
Power Allocation Board
Kenneth A. Schoetz, Chairman
James A. Duncan, Jr.
Frank S. McCullough, Jr.
Bernard P. McGarry
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White Plains, New York 10601
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New Chairman of State Economic Development Power
to Preside at Meeting on Tuesday
July 17, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY—Kenneth Schoetz, a leading economic
development specialist and a life-long resident of Western New York,
will preside this morning at his first meeting as chairman of the
New York State Economic Development Power Allocation Board (EDPAB).
Schoetz, who is the acting upstate chief
executive officer of the Empire State Development Corp. (ESDC), was
named by Gov. David A. Paterson to head the power allocation board.
The board makes recommendations to the New York Power Authority (NYPA)
for allocations of lower-cost power to qualified businesses and
not-for-profit organizations, in return for their job commitments.
“I’m looking forward to the contributions that
Ken will make as head of the Economic Development Power Allocation
Board, for protecting and creating jobs in New York State,” Governor
Paterson said. “He has shown great abilities in his leadership role
at Empire State Development in encouraging the growth of businesses
and working to revitalize the upstate economy. I’m confident he’ll
show the same proficiency in heading the power allocation board, in
addition to continuing to carry out his duties at ESDC.”
EDPAB reviews applications and makes
recommendations in connection with various statewide economic
development power programs administered by NYPA. The programs, which
are provided for under state laws, are linked to about 340,000 jobs
at hundreds of enterprises. NYPA provides the power for the
programs, known as the Power For Jobs, Economic Development, High
Load Factor and Municipal Distribution Agency programs, from
purchases in the state’s wholesale electricity marketplace.
Schoetz replaces Dan Gundersen in overseeing
the activities of EDPAB, which was established by a 1987 state law.
The chairman and the three other members of the board are unpaid.
Last month, Schoetz was promoted to acting
upstate CEO of ESDC after serving as the upstate chief operating
officer of the development corporation. He also serves as the
Executive Deputy Commissioner of the state Department of Economic
Over the years, he has served in numerous
senior positions in public service and as an attorney in private
practice. He has government experience at both the state and local
levels, including serving as Assistant Attorney General, from 2003
through 2006, at the New York State Attorney General’s Buffalo
Regional Office. While in that position, he was one of New York’s
representatives on the Peace Bridge Authority.
From 1988 to 1999, Schoetz worked in county
government, including seven years as Erie County Attorney. He
received a B.A. in political economics from Williams College, and
earned his J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School, where he
was editor-in-chief of the Law Review.
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