Department of Public Service

Commissioner: Diane X. Burman

Burman, Diane, XDiane X. Burman was appointed Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission on June 21, 2013. Ms. Burman’s term runs through February 1, 2018.

Prior to starting with the Commission, Ms. Burman was a counsel to the New York State Senate since 2009. She most recently served as the Counsel to the New York State Senate Republican Conference. She served in this capacity under Senator Dean G. Skelos and then continued in this capacity under the Majority Coalition led by both Senators Dean G. Skelos and Jeffrey D. Klein. In her capacity as the chief legislative legal officer for the New York State Senate, Ms. Burman was responsible for advising the Temporary President of the Senate and each member of the Republican Conference on every major legislative policy initiative confronting the State. Prior to the position with the Senate, she served as Special Counsel to the New York State Public Service Commission.

Ms. Burman held a number of other legal and management positions with various organizations, including Executive Director of the New York State PTA, Assistant Executive Director of the Albany Jewish Community Center, and Director of Pro Bono Affairs for the New York State Bar Association. She has also served in several high level positions within state government, including Assistant Counsel with Department of Economic Development, Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Law, Senior Court Attorney with the Unified Court System, and as a judicial clerk for the New York State Court of Appeals. She was also an adjunct legal professor at Hofstra University and Adelphi University.

Ms. Burman serves on the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners’ (NARUC) Gas Committee and Committee on Critical Infrastructure. She also serves on the NARUC subcommittee on Pipeline Safety. She was appointed by the NARUC President in January 2015, to the Gas Technology Institute Public Interest Advisory Committee. She is the Vice Chair for the NARUC Gas Committee and is the Chair of the NARUC- Department of Energy Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Planning Initiative.

Ms. Burman sits on the Albany Law School Government Law Center Advisory Board. Ms. Burman is also on the Board of Trustees of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany, NY.

Ms. Burman obtained her B.A. degree from Molloy College and her J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law. Ms. Burman was admitted to the bar in 1992.

Ms. Burman, a transplanted Long Island and New York City resident, resides in Delmar, with her husband, Jonathan, an attorney and spokesman for the New York State Commissioner of Education, and their two boys, Max, 18, and Jack, 12.

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