Department of Public Service

Commissioner: Patricia L. Acampora

Commissioner AcamporaPatricia L. Acampora was appointed Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission on June 16, 2005. Her term runs through February 1, 2015.

Immediately prior to her appointment, Commissioner Acampora served for 12 years in the New York State Legislature representing the 1st Assembly District on Long Island. As an Assemblywoman, she was a Ranking Member of the Labor Committee; a member of the Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee; the Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions Committee; Banking Committee; and, the Governmental Employees Committee. She also served as a member of the National Legislative Task Force on Criminal Justice and the Assembly Health Care Task Force.

Ms. Acampora is a long-standing Committee Member of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners’ (NARUC) Committee on Consumer Affairs and the Committee on Water. Also, Ms. Acampora sits on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC), is the organization’s Secretary-Treasurer and serves as Chair of the Committee on Water. During 2007, Commissioner Acampora served as the interim Chairwoman of the New York State Public Service Commission.

Ms. Acampora is a recognized leader on the national level in advocating for low-income customers and has represented NARUC at Congressional committee hearings. She has been proactive in trying to assist other states in adopting automatic enrollment for eligible customers for the LIFELINE program. The Commissioner also has advocated for increased funding and improved effectiveness of programs that promote affordability of essential utility services for low-income customers, as well as, insisting upon a high level of customer service by electric, gas, and telecom utilities for all customers.

Commissioner Acampora was the first woman to serve as President of the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators since the bi-partisan conference began nearly three decades ago. She was also a member of the Women's Legislative Caucus. Prior to being elected, Commissioner Acampora worked as an assistant to Suffolk County Executive Robert Gaffney and served as a liaison to the Suffolk County Legislature. Prior to her career in public service, Commissioner Acampora worked in the private sector in retail management.

A dedicated community leader, Commissioner Acampora was a former member of the Nassau-Suffolk Juvenile Diabetes Board, and is an active member of the Capital Network Women's Group and many other local community organizations. Commissioner Acampora continues to be a vocal community advocate for children's rights and the need to preserve the environment. She also serves as a board member of the statewide Women in Communications and Energy (WICE) organization.

Commissioner Acampora was raised and educated on Long Island. She and her husband, Alan Croce, reside in Mattituck. She is the proud mother of two grown daughters, two stepdaughters, and five grandchildren.

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