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Department of Public Service

Commissioner: John B. Howard


On July 19, 2019, John B. Howard was appointed Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission (Commission), his term runs through February 1, 2024. Mr. Howard served as Chair of the Commission between February and September of 2021.


Mr. Howard brought more than 37 years of New York State service to the position, serving in various roles in the Legislature and Executive branches, with vast experience in the energy sector to the Commission. At the New York Power Authority, he was responsible for monitoring relevant activities at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Environmental Conservation and the Commission.


He served as Executive Deputy Director at the New York State Consumer Protection Board where he oversaw the Board’s utility intervention filings to the Commission, FERC and the Federal Communications Commission. He was also responsible for the Board’s consumer advocacy and public outreach programs.

As Executive Director for then Member of Assembly Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Assembly Energy Committee he developed and led the Chairman’s program in energy policy and legislation including low-cost energy programs, electric deregulation, authority reform and energy taxes. Mr. Howard served as Deputy Chief of Staff to then Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo where he developed and oversaw implementation of the Attorney General’s Community Partnership Initiative and worked on the Attorney Generals’ Wind Energy Industry initiative.

Since 2011 he served as Director of Chamber Operations to former Governor Andrew Cuomo where he was responsible for the execution of Governor Cuomo’s public appearances across the State, requiring detailed knowledge of the Governor’s policy initiatives, New York’s geo-politics, including Federal, State and local officials as well as every State agency and authority.

In February 2022, Commissioner Howard was appointed as a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Committee on Electricity. In September 2019, Commissioner Howard was appointed as member of NARUC’s Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal.

Commissioner Howard received Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and resides in Albany, New York.




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