David Valesky is a Commissioner at the New York Public Service Commission.
The New York Public Service Commission and New York Department of Public Service oversee a mandate in New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, to cut greenhouse gas emissions forty percent by 2030 and no less than eighty-five percent by 2050 from 1990 levels. All that, while carrying on its regulatory business in the public interest. The five hundred-plus dedicated Staff of the New York Department of Public Service are up to all these tasks. They are the Staff arm of the seven-member New York Public Service Commission.
PUF's Lori Burkhart: How did your background lead to this role?
Commissioner David Valesky: I've been on the Commission in New York since June of 2021. Prior to that, I spent about two and a half years at our State Department of Agriculture and Markets and held a number of roles in that space.
Before that, I spent fourteen years in our State Senate, so I had an opportunity to represent the people of central New York. I'm originally from the Syracuse area and represented in the State Senate about three hundred thousand people of central New York.
Before that, I was an executive in public broadcasting, public television, and radio, also in Syracuse. I've had a full career in both government and media.
I'm pleased to be here on the Commission now. From a government and media perspective, I think I bring a unique background to this role.