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John R. Koelmel

John R. Koelmel
Chairman
Hometown:
East Amherst
Erie County
Became Trustee: 2012

John R. Koelmel is president of HARBORcenter Development, LLC, overseeing the hockey and entertainment complex being developed by Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula on the Webster Block adjacent to the team’s First Niagara Center. The $172 million project will include a full-service Marriott hotel with 205 rooms, an upscale two-story hockey-themed restaurant, two full-size ice rinks, a high performance-training center, street level retail space and a five-level parking ramp with more than 800 spaces. The rinks and restaurant will begin operations in September 2014 with the hotel opening in May 2015.

Koelmel is the former president and chief executive officer of First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. and its principal subsidiary First Niagara Bank N.A. He joined First Niagara as its Chief Financial Officer in January 2004 and was appointed CEO in December 2006. He served on the Buffalo company’s board of directors from 2007-2013. More...


Joanne M. Mahoney

Joanne M. Mahoney
Vice Chair
Hometown:
Dewitt
Onondaga County
Became Trustee: 2012

Joanne M. Mahoney became a trustee in June 2012, after being nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo and confirmed by the State Senate. She was elected Vice Chairman in September 2013.

In November 2007, Ms. Mahoney became the first woman to be elected as County Executive for Onondaga County. She is currently serving her second term as County Executive.

Shortly after taking office, Ms. Mahoney began working toward a greener, more sustainable Onondaga County. Through the County Executive’s “Save the Rain” program, a comprehensive storm water management plan has been developed to reduce pollution to Onondaga Lake and its tributaries. In 2011, Onondaga County was recognized by the EPA as a green infrastructure partner. More...


Eugene L. Nicandri

Eugene L. Nicandri
Hometown: Massena
St. Lawrence County
Became Trustee: 2008

Judge Eugene L. Nicandri of Massena, N.Y., was confirmed by the New York State Senate in June 2013 to a second five-year term on the New York Power Authority Board of Trustees following his reappointment by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. He became a trustee in August 2008 after being nominated by Governor David Paterson.

Judge Eugene L. Nicandri of Massena, N.Y., was confirmed by the New York State Senate in June 2013 to a second five-year term on the New York Power Authority Board of Trustees following his reappointment by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. He became a trustee in August 2008 after being nominated by Governor David Paterson.

Judge Nicandri, whose legal work contributed to the establishment of the Massena Electric Department in 1981, served as president of the New York State County Judges Association from 1999 to 2000, when he retired. More...


Jonathan F. Foster

Jonathan F. Foster
Hometown: New York
New York County
Became Trustee: 2008

Jonathan F. Foster became a trustee in September 2008 after being nominated by Governor David Paterson and confirmed by the New York State Senate to a five-year term. He served as vice chairman of the board from 2009 to 2012.

Mr. Foster is an experienced investment banker and private equity investor who also has significant board of directors and operating experience. He is founder and a managing director of Current Capital, a private equity and portfolio company management firm focused on lower middle market and smaller industrial and business services companies. He is a director of companies, including Masonite Inc., a global building products manufacturer; Lear Corporation, a supplier of automotive seating systems and electrical power management systems worldwide traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE); and Chemtura Corporation, an international specialty chemicals company also traded on the NYSE. More...


R. Wayne LeChase

R. Wayne LeChase
Hometown: Rochester
Monroe County
Became Trustee: 2011

R. Wayne LeChase of Monroe County became a trustee in June 2011 after being nominated by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and confirmed by the New York State Senate. His term on the NYPA board runs to May 2014.

Mr. LeChase is the chairman of a Rochester-headquartered construction management company—LeChase Construction Services LLC—and a single-minded activist in promoting economic growth in Western New York and throughout New York State.

LeChase Construction, which was founded more than 66 years ago by Mr. LeChase's father, has built hundreds of buildings throughout New York and other areas in the eastern part of the country, as well as overseas.  In addition to its headquarters in Rochester, the firm has offices in Albany, Binghamton, Corning, Ithaca and Syracuse. More...


Terrance P. Flynn

Terrance P. Flynn
Hometown: Snyder
Erie County
Became Trustee: 2012

Terrance P. Flynn became a trustee in June 2012, after being nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo and confirmed by the State Senate.

Mr. Flynn, the former Presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, is a member of the firm of Harris Beach. He is the co-leader of its 14-office Government Compliance and Investigation Team, and a member of practice groups specializing in Business and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Litigation and Product Liability.

For Harris Beach, Mr. Flynn advises Fortune 500 and other large privately held companies, on such matters as corporate compliance, commercial litigation, product liability and personal injury litigation. More...



Executive Management Committee

Gil C. Quiniones

Gil C. Quiniones
President and Chief Executive Officer

Gil C. Quiniones is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state electric utility. He was elected by the NYPA trustees in November of 2011, after Governor Andrew M. Cuomo nominated him to the position the previous month. The New York State Senate approved his appointment in January 2012.

Quiniones is co-chairman of the New York Energy Highway Task Force, which is helping to carry out the Governor’s vision for rejuvenating New York State’s energy system through partnerships between the public and private sectors.

As President and CEO of NYPA, Quiniones is responsible for developing and implementing the statewide public power utility’s strategic vision and mission, and supervises its operations, legal, and financial matters. He also oversees the Power Authority’s relationships with elected officials, governmental agencies, other authorities, commissions, and the public. More...


Ed Welz

Ed Welz
Chief Operating Officer

Edward Welz is chief operating officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA). He is responsible for managing and monitoring the day-to-day activities of the Power Authority, which owns and operates 17 power plants and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines in various parts of New York State.

Welz joined the Power Authority in 1982 as an assistant electrical engineer. He since has assumed increasing responsibilities in management, design and analysis, operations and power generation.

He was promoted to executive vice president and chief engineer, power supply in 2008, responsible for 6,275 megawatts of hydro and fossil-fueled generation, as well as high-voltage transmission, along with an annual operations and maintenance budget of $185 million and a capital budget of $160 million. More...


Donald A. Russak

Donald A. Russak
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Donald A. Russak is executive vice president and chief financial officer for the New York Power Authority (NYPA).  In this position, he is responsible for NYPA’s overall financial operations, including:  the treasury function and its related debt management and investment management programs; the controller’s function in overseeing all accounting activities and financial controls; the financial planning, forecasting and budgeting functions; the physical asset insurance-risk management activities; and the enterprise risk management function.

Russak joined the NYPA staff in 1979 as a power analyst and advanced through several positions in the marketing and transmission groups.  He served as senior economist from 1987 to 1997, when he was promoted to director of financial planning. He became vice president, finance in 2003 and senior vice president, corporate planning and finance in 2008. More...


Robert F. Lurie

Robert F. Lurie
Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning

Robert F. Lurie is senior vice president, strategic planning. He joined the Power Authority In July 2012 as head of the newly formed strategic planning department. He is responsible for defining long-term business strategy, managing project and corporate development, evaluating new business opportunities and technologies, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and project finance. He has almost 30 years of experience in the utility industry, government and investment banking.

Prior to joining NYPA, Lurie was vice president of North America business development for Ocean Power Technologies in New Jersey. Prior to that role, he directed the mergers and acquisitions function for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in Pennsylvania.

Lurie served as the Chief of Strategic Planning at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 2003-2007, developing a 10-year, $20 billion strategic capital plan, and played an integral role in the Port Authority’s recovery effort following 9/11. More...


James Pasquale

James F. Pasquale
Senior Vice President, Economic Development and Energy Efficiency

James Pasquale serves as senior vice president, marketing and economic development (MED) for the New York Power Authority (NYPA). Prior to assuming the role of acting senior vice president, MED in July 2009, he served as director of marketing analysis and administration.

In his position, Pasquale is responsible for optimizing economic development opportunities by offering competitively priced power and incentives. He has worked to reform NYPA’s statewide economic development power programs to have a greater impact on job attraction, creation and retention. He is also responsible for NYPA's energy efficiency activities.

Pasquale, who joined the Power Authority in 1986 as a senior accountant in the controllers group, has worked with virtually every area of MED since joining the department in 1995 as manager of municipal regulation. More...


Joan Tursi

Joan Tursi
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Shared Services

Joan Tursi has served as senior vice president for enterprise shared services for the New York Power Authority (NYPA) since June 2010. In this position, she is responsible for human resources, procurement, information services, facilities management, corporate travel, fleet operations and real estate, assuring that NYPA's highly specialized and remote assets have the resources required to successfully accomplish their individual and collective missions.

Tursi joined NYPA in 1984 as a budget analyst and served as director of budgets for more than nine years. In that capacity, she streamlined the Authority’s budget process and made other significant contributions to its organizational efficiency. Subsequently she served as senior vice president of enterprise shared services and acting head of corporate services and administration. During her tenure she has been responsible for the initiation and implementation of numerous organizational assessments and studies. More...


Jill C. Anderson

Jill C. Anderson
Vice President Public & Regulatory Affairs and Chief of Staff

Jill Anderson is Vice President Public & Regulatory Affairs and also Chief of Staff to the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer. She is a member of NYPA’s Executive Management Committee. Jill is responsible for Corporate Communications, Community & Government Affairs, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, Project Development & Licensing, Energy Policy, and Sustainability.

Prior to joining NYPA, Jill was the Project Office Manager for Hess Corporation, and also worked for Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison). At Con Edison, she held positions of increasing responsibility in field operations and supervision in electric, gas, and steam distribution. Jill’s work in international benchmarking for Con Edison helped to launch the company’s Smart Grid program. Additionally, Jill has experience in power generation design and construction, working as a field engineer for Parsons Brinckerhoff in Boston, Massachusetts. More...