June 06, 2012

Buffalo's John Koelmel was confirmed as a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Power Authority, and is expected to be shortly named Chairman of the nation's largest public power company.

Koelmel, who is the CEO of the First Niagara Bank, discusses his experience and vision for NYPA during a nomination hearing Tuesday before the Senate's Energy Committee.

Senator Patty Ritchie, who is a member of that committee, spoke to Koelmel, and urged him to focus on the North Country and NYPA's role in helping to support local business and grow the region's economy.