Department of Public Service

Commissioner: David J. Valesky

On June 10, 2021, David J. Valesky was appointed Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission (Commission). Mr. Valesky’s term runs through February 2027.

Mr. Valesky began his career in public service as a legislative assistant in the New York State Assembly. Following that, he served in a number of capacities including Vice President of Communications at WCNY, the public television and radio stations in Central New York. He was first elected to the New York State Senate in 2004, where he represented parts of Onondaga, Madison, Oneida and Cayuga counties for 14 years.

Mr. Valesky most recently served as deputy commissioner at the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, overseeing the agency’s compliance in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation that puts New York on track to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy-wide carbon neutrality. Mr. Valesky also serves as a member of the Committee on Water and the Committee on Infrastructure for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam and a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. He resides in Albany.

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