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Source: Long Island Business News

Cuomo adds more LIers to transition team


Posted: November 15, 2010
Originally Published: November 15, 2010

Gov.-Elect Andrew Cuomo today named five Long Islanders to two new transition committees charged with helping flesh out policies and fill key positions in his administration related to energy, environment and public safety.

He also announced a human services and housing committee that doesn’t include any Long Islanders.

The latest announcement means roughly a dozen Long Islanders have been named to posts in transition committees.

He named Citizens Campaign for the Environment Executive Director Adrienne Esposito and Robert B. Catell, chairman of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University, to the 25-member Environment and Energy and Recreation Committee.

Esposito has long been an environmental watchdog, while Catell, the former leader of KeySpan who is now deeply involved with energy research, has extensive experience in the gas and electric industries.

Cuomo also named Michael Balboni, a former state senator and former deputy secretary for public safety, Congressman Peter King and New York State Assemblyman Phil Ramos, D-Brentwood, to the Public Safety Committee.

“The challenge will be for 25 diverse people to work together with a cohesive agenda,” Esposito said. “The dynamics of the team can sometimes determine the productivity and the role.”

She said her group, in addition to looking at issues, would review resumes and seek to assess “new, bright talent for the governor’s team.”

Esposito said the committee is slated to meet at 10:30 Tuesday at a Manhattan law firm.

“I think we need to tackle the issues of the state and not be so focused on geography,” Esposito said. “We have to find the issues that lift all boats.”

Esposito said the state faces numerous environmental challenges such as climate change, aging energy and water infrastructure, advancing clean energy technologies and keeping parks open to residents.

“Addressing these issues is paramount to energizing our economy and ensuring clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and restoration of our waterways,” Esposito said.

The Environment and Energy and Recreation Committee also will seek to help translate a 170-page environmental platform into action. The platform includes support of renewable energy, but critics have said it’s short on specifics.

Cuomo last week named Long Island Association President Kevin Law, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and New York State Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos, R- Rockville Centre, to his Committee on Economic Development and Labor.