New Member of Economic
Development Power Allocation Board to Participate in First Meeting
September 16, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—A regular scheduled meeting Tuesday
morning of the New York State Economic Development Power Allocation
Board (EDPAB) will include the participation of a new member: Judge
Eugene L. Nicandri of Massena, whom Gov. David A. Paterson appointed
last week to the four-member board.
“I am gratified you have accepted this appointment
and am confident you will serve the people of New York State with
dedication and distinction,” Governor Paterson said in a letter last
week to Judge Nicandri, who was appointed to a full three-year
term. EDPAB reviews applications of employers and makes
recommendations in connection with various economic development
power programs administered by the New York Power Authority (NYPA)
under New York State law.
Last month, the New York State Senate confirmed
Judge Nicandri as a trustee of the Power Authority following his
nomination by Governor Paterson to the NYPA board.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges that await
me in serving as both a NYPA trustee and as an EDPAB member,” Judge
Nicandri said. “Governor Paterson is giving top priority to
maximizing the benefits of available lower-cost power supplies for
promoting jobs and spurring the state’s economy. Both NYPA and EDPAB
have important roles to play in helping to underpin these efforts
for meeting the needs of businesses and other enterprises for
Judge Nicandri stepped down last month as chairman
of the North Country Redevelopment Task Force after being confirmed
as a NYPA trustee. The task force was created last year to promote
economic development in Northern New York in anticipation of the
closing of General Motors Powertrain in Massena.
Judge Nicandri replaces Frank S. McCullough, Jr.,
on EDPAB. In July, Governor Paterson named Kenneth A. Schoetz of the
upstate operations of the Empire State Development Corp. as chairman of the power
allocation board. The chairman and other members of EDPAB serve in
EDPAB, which was established in 1987, recommends
allocations of electricity with regard to four statewide and
downstate power programs currently linked to about 340,000 jobs. The initiatives are known as the
Power for Jobs, Economic Development, High Load Factor and Municipal
Distribution Agency programs. NYPA purchases power from the state’s
wholesale marketplace for those programs, as provided for under
Judge Nicandri served on the St. Lawrence County
Court from 1985 until 2004, when he retired. He was president of the
New York State County Judges Association from 1999 to 2000.
Before becoming a county judge, he was a partner in
the Massena law firm of Lavigne & Nicandri from 1966 to 1985 and
served at various times as the attorney for the Towns of Massena,
Brasher, Louisville and the Village of Massena. He also served as
the attorney for Massena Memorial Hospital.
Judge Nicandri represented the Town of Massena in
landmark litigation involving the establishment of the Massena
Electric Department, a municipal electric system that benefits from
low-cost NYPA hydropower as a preference customer under federal law.
He served as the Electric Department’s attorney from 1981 to 1985.
Judge Nicandri holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from
the University of Rochester and has a J.D. from Albany Law School.
Prior to law school, he served on active duty with the U.S. Navy as
a commissioned officer.
Judge Nicandri is married to the former Lois Anne
Moore. They have three sons and four grandchildren.
■ 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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