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Top-Notch Attorney Joins NY Power Authority

Christine Pritchard

November 20, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

BUFFALO—New York Power Authority (NYPA) Acting Chairman, Michael Townsend, and President and Chief Executive Officer, Richard M. Kessel, Wednesday announced that Terryl Brown Clemons will be joining NYPA as its executive vice president and general counsel. 

Ms. Brown Clemons joins the Power Authority from the Governor’s office after serving as the Acting Counsel and previously as the First Assistant Counsel to both Governor David A. Paterson and Governor Eliot Spitzer. In these positions, Ms. Brown Clemons was responsible for providing advice and counsel to the Governor and other high-level government officials; managing the Executive Chamber’s legal staff; and drafting, reviewing and negotiating the Governor’s legislative and budget proposals.

“Terryl Brown Clemons is a welcome addition to the Power Authority,” said Townsend. “With energy matters at the forefront of public policy issues today, Terryl’s legal prowess will help lead NYPA in its efforts toward achieving the Governor’s renewable energy and energy efficiency goals.”

Prior to joining the Governor’s office in 2007, Ms. Brown Clemons served as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the Division of Public Advocacy in the New York State Attorney General’s office where she supervised approximately 160 attorneys and 220 other employees assigned to the following nine bureaus: Antitrust; Charities; Civil Rights; Consumer Frauds and Protection; Environmental Protection; Health Care; Internet; Investment Protection and Telecommunications and Energy.

Some of the noteworthy matters she handled while with the Attorney General's office include settling a $37 million "payola" lawsuit with some of the most significant players in the music industry, which resulted in financial proceeds distributed to not-for-profits to fund music education programs.  She spearheaded the telecommunications fraud investigation against NorVergence, Inc. which resulted in settlements with 20 financial institutions netting $20 million in financial relief for hundreds of small businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

In 1998, Ms. Brown Clemons was the Deputy Bureau Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau, and before that was an Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Bureau defending actions brought against the state, state agencies and state officials.

Before joining the New York State Attorney General’s office, Ms. Brown Clemons was a professor at New York Law School, worked in private practice including holding a position with a Dutch law firm, Nauta Dutilh.

Ms. Brown Clemons received a bachelor’s degree from Pace University and a juris doctorate and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She studied international law at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and international trade law in Africa at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.

"Terryl Brown Clemons brings executive-level legal experience to the Power Authority as both a litigator and a manager and will significantly enhance our law department operations," said Kessel. "Her experience with public advocacy will serve us well in our efforts to advance the Power Authority into the 21st Century with bold efforts to help address New York State's energy needs."

  About NYPA:

■    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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