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GJGNY Advisory Council


The Advisory Council was established pursuant to the Green Jobs – Green New York Act which was signed into law on October 9, 2009.

The Advisory Council generally meets, at minimum, once per year but will hold additional meetings as needed to discuss significant program changes or in response to Advisory Council requests. Advisory Council meetings are open to the public and documentation of the meetings are posted on NYSERDA’s website.

The Advisory Council consists of nine ex-officio members and 20 appointed members as set forth below.  Members represent constituency-based community groups; consumer advocates on utility and housing issues; community-based workforce development groups; unions, including building trades and property services; home performance contractors; large-scale construction contractors; and investment market experts.  The members serve without compensation but are allowed the necessary and actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.  There have been no payments of expenses to members in any fiscal year since the Council was established.

NYSERDA may pursue changes and additions to the Advisory Council to include expertise and knowledge to expand the stakeholder involvement and effectiveness of GJGNY programs. 

Appointed Members

Appointed Members represent the following organizations:

  • Constituency–Based Community
  • Consumer Advocates-Utility and Housing
  • Community Base Workforce Development
  • Union Building Trades
  • Home Performance Contractors
  • Large Scale Construction Contractors
  • Investment Market Experts


Name Title and Organization Background Qualification County of Residence
Doreen Harris President and CEO, NYSERDA (Chair) Ex-Officio Member Schenectady
Justin E. Driscoll President and CEO, New York State Power Authority Ex-Officio Member Westchester
Thomas Falcone Chief Executive Officer, Long Island Power Authority Ex-Officio Member Nassau
Barbara C. Guinn Acting Commissioner, NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Ex-Officio Member Albany
Hope Knight President and CEO, Empire State Development Ex-Officio Member New York
Roberta Reardon Commissioner, Department of Labor Ex-Officio Member New York
Robert J. Rodriguez Secretary of State Ex-Officio Member New York
Basil Seggos Commissioner, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Ex-Officio Member Albany
RuthAnne Visnauskas Commissioner and CEO, New York State Homes and Community Renewal Ex-Officio Member New York
James Barry Manager of Program Development, Service Employees International Union 32BJ Union Building Trades New York
Chuck Bell Programs Director, Consumers Union Consumer Advocacy Westchester
Les Bluestone Co-Founder, Blue Sea Development Company, LLC Construction Industries Suffolk
Tria Case, Esq. Executive Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation, City University of New York Sustainability, Large Scale Construction New York or Litchfield County, CT
Sammy Chu Chairman, U.S. Green Building Council-Long Island Chapter; CEO, Edgewise Energy; President, Caltech Electric Inc. Residential Energy Efficiency Suffolk
Stephan Edel Executive Director, NY Renews Environmental, Justice and Labor Issues Hampden County, Massachusetts
Kate Fish Adirondack North Country Association (retired) Sustainable Economic Development Essex
Clarke Gocker Senior Director of Movement Building, People United for Sustainable Housing - Buffalo Workforce Development, Policy and Strategy Erie
Ross Gould Vice President of Supply Chain Development & Research, Business Network for Offshore Wind Workforce Development, Large Scale Construction Dutchess
David Hepinstall Executive Director, Association for Energy Affordability Multifamily Technical Services, Energy Efficiency Queens
Alan Hipps Executive Director, Housing Assistance Program of Essex County (retired) Consumer Advocates-Utility and Housing Essex
David Johnson Auditor, Laborers International Union of North America Union Building Trades Middlesex County, NJ
Jennifer Keida President and CEO, Standard Insulation Co. Inc. Residential Home Performance Construction Monroe
Jason Kuflik Co-Founder, Green Street Power Partners Solar Developer, Finance Nassau
Conrad Metcalf Executive Director, Building Performance Contractors Association (retired) Residential Home Performance Construction Leon County, FL
Jackson Morris Director, Eastern Region, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resource Defense Council Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policies; Wholesale Electricity Markets Ulster
Ellen Redmond International Representative, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (retired) Union Building Trades Suffolk
Hal Smith CEO & Founder, Home Energy Performance by Halco Residential Home Performance Construction Ontario
Lisa Tyson Director, Long Island Progressive Coalition Consumer Advocates-Utility and Housing Nassau
Michael Weisberg Principal, M-Core Credit Corporation & Energy Finance of Energy Retrofits, Sustainable Energy Projects Sullivan

Contact Information

Luis Aguirre-Torres
Director of Financial Planning, Analysis and Financing Solutions
[email protected]
518-892-1090 Ext. 3410