Monday, November 27, 2006

Pataki could appoint top regulator through Spitzer's term

NEWSDAY AP MICHAEL GORMLEY

November 27, 2006, 5:27 PM ESTALBANY, N.Y. -- The resignation Monday of a longtime appointee of Gov. George Pataki could mean the Republican will choose a new top utility regulator to serve through Democratic Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer's term. William Flynn has resigned as chairman of the state Public Service Commission, which regulates energy and telecommunications including telephone and cable television service. Rate increases and service changes are proposed by companies to the commission. Flynn's term isn't scheduled to end until February 2009. "The governor is considering his options and hasn't made a decision yet," Pataki spokesman David Catalfamo said.

Spitzer, who won by a historic margin in November, made a major campaign issue of reducing energy costs to spur business and to create a new energy policy for the state. Spitzer had no immediate comment. The PSC has made some of the decisions most keenly felt by New Yorkers. It has approved rate increases for telephone and energy companies, required emergency service by telephone companies, and regulated competition among private companies in the growing telecommunications field.

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