NY PANEL ON STORM RESPONSE NAMES CALCATERRA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services
and received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by
the sender.) 
Moreland Commission Co-Chairs Abrams and Lawsky Announce
Appointment of Executive Director and Plans for Public Meetings 
Public Sessions on Storm Response to be Held Around State 
Chief Deputy Suffolk County Executive Calcaterra Appointed
Commission Executive Director 
Former Attorney General Robert Abrams and Benjamin M. Lawsky,
Superintendent of Financial Services, the co-chairs of the
Moreland Commission on storm preparation and response, today,
after the first organizational meeting of the Commission,
announced the appointment of their executive director and plans
for public meetings in affected areas throughout the region. 
 Former Attorney General Abrams said, “Our task is to
investigate and determine what went wrong, to provide
recommendations that will strengthen the State’s ability to
protect the public, both through regulation and enforcement,
and, where necessary, to hold corporations or individuals
accountable.” 
 Superintendent Lawsky said, “Our mandate from the Governor is
to carry out a smart, aggressive, and fair investigation that
will proceed rapidly.  Most importantly, the investigation will
put the needs of New York consumers first.” 
At the Commission’s first meeting earlier today, the Commission
set up a work schedule and formed two subcommittees. One will
investigate preparation and response and will be led by Nassau
County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. The other will focus on
a strategic review of utilities and regulatory structures and
will be led by Peter Bradford, former Chair of the Public
Service Commission and a professor at Vermont Law School. 
The Commission will hold its next meeting, which will be open to
the public, on November 30th, at a location to be announced. 
In addition, the Commission is currently planning to hold
multiple regional public hearings in areas heavily affected by
the storms. The purpose of the hearings will be to gather
information from the public, local officials and emergency
responders about what happened before and after the storms in
regards to utilities. Dates and locations will be announced
soon. 
Regina Calcaterra, Chief Deputy to Suffolk County Executive
Steven Bellone, has been appointed Executive Director of the
Commission.  Ms. Calcaterra is the first woman to serve in the
number two position in Suffolk County, where she administers the
day to day operations of more than 9,500 employees and oversees
a $2.7 billion budget.  After Storm Sandy, County Executive
Steven Bellone assigned her to focus on storm response and
recovery efforts. She is taking a temporary leave from that
position to serve with the Moreland Commission. Previously, she
served as the managing partner of the New York office of
Barrack, Rodos & Bacine where she was on a team that conducted
highly complex and successful corporate fraud investigations
against WorldCom, AIG and Merrill Lynch. She has also held other
private and public sector positions. Ms. Calcaterra has a J.D.
from Seton Hall University School of Law and is admitted to the
New York State Bar and the US Federal District Courts Southern
and Eastern Districts of New York. 
County Executive Bellone said, “Ms. Calcaterra is not only an
excellent Chief Deputy, but she also provided essential public
service in the days during and after Storm Sandy. She is an
outstanding selection as Executive Director of the Moreland
Commission because she has experienced just how devastating the
storm was in Suffolk and dealt directly with the recovery
issues.” 
The members of the Commission are: 
Co-Chair Robert Abrams, former Attorney General of New York
State
Co-Chair Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the Department of
Financial Services
Peter Bradford, former Chair of the Public Service Commission
Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University
John Dyson, former Chairman of the New York Power Authority
Rev. Floyd Flake, Senior Pastor of Greater Allen African
Methodist Episcopal Cathedral
Mark Green, former New York City Public Advocate
Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive
Kathleen Rice, Nassau County District Attorney
Dan Tishman, Vice Chairman at AECOM Technology Corporation, and
Chairman and CEO of Tishman Construction Corporation 
The executive order creating the Commission can be found at
http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/11132012Section6 
Contact: David Neustadt 212-803-3776 or 3773 or 347-723-1145 
(kgt)NY 
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