From Capitol Confidential, we learn that AG candidate Maloney has called for increased oversight of the Public Service Commission, claiming it is full of patronage appointments:
Maloney noted three of the four PSC commissioners (paid $109,800) and PSC Chairman Bill Flynn (paid $127,000) are Republican donors. The most recently appointed commissioner - Cheryl Buley - is married to lobbyist Jeff Buley, whose business partner is Al Pirro, husband of Republican AG candidate Jeanine Pirro.
Maloney alleged that Cheryl Buley, a former PR executive and one-time state Racing and Wagering Board member, doesn’t have the experience to be a PSC commissioner, and called her “New York’s Mike Brown” (the disgraced former FEMA head who became the poster child of the botched federal response to Hurricane Katrina.
For those of you who aren't in the know, the Public Service Commission "regulates the state's electric, gas, steam, telecommunications, and water utilities."
We wonder what recent events might have brought the commission into Maloney's sights?
In any event, Liz Benjamin's entire blog post on the accusations is worth a read.
Categories: General, Campaign Finance, Ethics