NYPA Press Release

NYPA Names Jairo Florez Regional Manager for Central New York Region; First Latino to Head NYPA's Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project

For Immediate Release: 06/24/21

Contact: Maura Balaban | Media.Inquiries@nypa.gov | (914) 646-6016

Photo: Jairo Florez


GILBOA, N.Y. —The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced the appointment of Jairo Florez to the position of Regional Manager for Central New York, the top position at the NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project Plant (B-G) in Schoharie County. He is the first Latino to fill this position. In addition to managing B-G operations, his oversight will include NYPA’s small hydroelectric power projects on the Mohawk River (Crescent and Vischer Ferry Plants), at the base of Hinckley Reservoir (Gregory B. Jarvis Plant) and at the Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County (Ashokan Project) as well as NYPA transmission facilities in the region.


Florez, who has been acting Regional Manager for several months, succeeds Brian Saez who was recently promoted to Senior Vice President, Power Supply, at NYPA.


“Jairo Florez has been an asset to the Power Authority since the moment he arrived, and his career trajectory at B-G reflects the value we have placed in his significant contributions to NYPA’s VISION2030 strategic goals and his ongoing support for the community surrounding the Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “In addition to his years of support for operations projects in the Central region, his expertise has been a great value to other NYPA-wide initiatives including storm recovery response and dam safety. On behalf of all of NYPA and our Board, I congratulate Jairo on this appointment and wish him continued success in his new role.”


“I am honored to assume this leadership position in Central New York and to have the opportunity to build on NYPA’s enduring ties to the local community,” said Jairo Florez, regional manager for Central New York.  “I look forward to continuing my work with the talented team at B-G to help the Power Authority achieve its Vision2030 goals and advance the many NYPA initiatives that will help shape New York’s clean energy future.”


Florez joined the Power Authority in 2012 as a Systems Analyst. He has held several positions in the Operations Department and has supported the Blenheim-Gilboa Project through many challenging work efforts, including activities associated with onboarding new Power Authority assets including the Dolson Avenue and Fraser transmission substations, as well as NYPA’s Life Extension and Modernization Program for its small hydroelectric plants.


In his position as Manager of Real Time Systems Florez was instrumental in building a compliance culture throughout the Operations Technology functions in the Central Region. His interest in the big picture drew him into the Operations Department at B-G, where he served in the position of Operations Superintendent, focusing on NYPA’s dam safety program, as well as several other critical initiatives. 

Prior to joining NYPA, Florez held engineering positions at Rolls Royce Civil Nuclear, City University of New York, Nortel Networks and Angelcom. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Pace University and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from City College of New York. 
Florez is a member of the Pumped Storage Users Committee, an international group of owners and operators of pumped-storage hydroelectric plants. He was born and raised in Colombia and resides in Saratoga County.
Today’s announcement underscores NYPA’s commitment to its recently adopted 10-Point Diversity Equity and Inclusion Plan and the principles of embracing and empowering employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and veteran status.


The Blenheim-Gilboa plant, in Gilboa, in Schoharie County in the southern Mohawk Valley generates electricity during peak demand periods by recycling water between its upper and lower reservoirs. It operates like a giant energy storage battery, providing economical electricity when it is most needed.


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