Top-Notch Attorney Joins NY Power Authority
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
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
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."
■ 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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