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MASSENA - Retired St. Lawrence County Court Judge Eugene L. Nicandri has been reappointed to another term on the New York Power Authority Board of Trustees.

Mr. Nicandri was reappointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and that appointment was confirmed by the New York State Senate.

A statement issued by NYPA Chairman John R. Koelmel and NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones had high praise for Judge Nicandri’s work on the board.

“The confirmation last week by the New York State Senate of Governor Cuomo’s reappointment of Judge Nicandri to another term on the New York Power Authority [NYPA] Board of Trustees is good news for New York state and a testament to his knowledge, experience and good judgment on wide-ranging energy matters that NYPA contributes to every day,” according to the statement.

“During his nearly five years as a trustee, Judge Nicandri has been at the center of key NYPA decision making. This has included major endeavors under Governor Cuomo to modernize and upgrade the state’s electricity infrastructure, protect and create jobs through allocations of lower cost electricity to businesses and other enterprises, and bring about investments in energy efficiency and clean energy technologies,” according to the release.

“Judge Nicandri has a strong connection with the New York Power Authority, as a long-time resident of Massena, the home of our St. Lawrence-FDR Hydroelectric Power Plant, whose low-cost power is indispensable to Alcoa aluminum production in Northern New York and economic development in the region,” according to the statement.

“The pride that Judge Nicandri takes in the contributions of NYPA’s statewide work force has been one of the hallmarks of his tenure on the board. His continued service as a NYPA trustee is a gratifying development for the Power Authority’s continued benefits to New York state.”

Massena Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray is also pleased with the recent reappointment, given Mr. Nicandri’s local edge and community work.

“The biggest asset is he’s from Massena. He knows the community, both the good and the bad. Whenever you have a local resident who can sit on the board of organizations like the power authority, that’s a positive,” Mr. Gray said. “He’s very involved with the community, he and his wife. They are obvious assets.”

Mr. Nicandri’s reputation, experience, and work ethic are also important to his reappointment of the position, as noted by St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency Chairman Robert O. McNeil.

“I think very highly of him. Not only is he informed, he helped craft the Massena municipal power system. He’s well regarded by his colleagues. I’m very happy he’s been reappointed,” Mr. McNeil said. “He has some expertise in power. He was one of the founders in the founding of the municipal power system. He’s knowledgeable, and he’s well regarded. Any meetings I’ve been to with the board of trustees, they have a high opinion of him. Gene is a quality person, reasonable. He checks things out and is a good member of the board.” Mr. Nicandri is the first St. Lawrence County resident living in the vicinity of the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project boundary to serve on the NYPA board.

“(Northern New York) has a voice. There’s now someone in the community that is in the room when decisions are being made. That hasn’t been the case for my adult life. Until Gene got appointed, it had been 20 years,” Mr. McNeil said.

St. Lawrence County Legislature Jonathan S. Putney also praised Mr. Nicandri’s reappointment. “Gene has experience having been on the board. He holds the north country close to his heart. His experience and care and concern make him a good person for reappointment. Gene remembers where he grew up. His time on the board has not only served the board well, but also the St. Lawrence County,” he said.

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