Department of Public Service

Commissioner: Gregg C. Sayre

Sayre, Gregg, CGregg C. Sayre was appointed Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission on June 21, 2012, his term began on July 9, 2012 and runs through February 1, 2018. On March 9, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo designated Mr. Sayre as Interim Chairman of the Public Service Commission and Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Public Service, he served in this capacity until June 21, 2017.

Prior to starting with the Commission, Mr. Sayre was Associate General Counsel of Frontier Communications Corporation. While at Frontier, Mr. Sayre was responsible for all regulatory legal issues and proceedings in New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Indiana.

Mr. Sayre began his career with a law firm in Portland, Oregon. Later, he became an attorney in the Rates Division of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Law Bureau, primarily litigating rate-of-return rate cases filed by electric utilities. After leaving the Pennsylvania Commission, Mr. Sayre worked as a regulatory attorney for the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Cos. Subsequently, he joined Frontier’s predecessor company, Rochester Telephone Corporation.

In addition to his employment at Frontier, Mr. Sayre has done extensive work with the New York Bar Association's Public Utility Law Committee.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appointed Mr. Sayre to the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, which is responsible for making recommendations to the FCC on issues related to funding and services supported by federal universal service support mechanisms. The FCC also appointed Mr. Sayre to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC), which provides advice and recommendations for the FCC on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access. Mr. Sayre also serves on two of the BDAC’s working groups.

Mr. Sayre obtained his B.A. degree from Grinnell College, his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Science in Information Technology degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Sayre was admitted to the bar in 1975.
Mr. Sayre and his wife, Susan, reside in Fairport, NY. They have three grown children.

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