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William M. Flynn


William Flynn heads the Albany, NY office of law firm Harris Beach PLLC, and serves as leader of their Energy and Telecommunications Practice Groups, which focus on advising businesses and other organizations on strategic planning initiatives as they relate to economic development, state and federal regulatory affairs, and policy decisions.

Mr. Flynn is noted for his experience in regulatory policies and legislation related to electricity, gas, water, cable television, and telecommunications services. Mr. Flynn served as chairman of the New York State Public Service Commission (NYS PSC) from February 2003 to December 2006. Prior to serving as chairman of the NYS PSC, Mr. Flynn was president of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) where he also served as vice president, treasurer, and secretary to the board of NYSERDA from 1999 to 2003. Mr. Flynn is a former board member of the New York State Environmental Board, the New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission, and former co-chairman of the New York Telecommunications Reliability Advisory Council and the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. He was appointed by the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as vice-chairman of the federal Joint Board on Economic Dispatch for the Northeast Region. Mr. Flynn had also served as a member of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners on the electricity committee and chaired the Telecommunications Legislative Task Force.

Mr. Flynn is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Energy Bar Association and the Center for Economic Growth. He also serves on the Council of Competitiveness’ Energy, Innovation & Sustainability Initiative Advisory Committee.

Mr. Flynn also served as First Deputy Attorney General, Chief of Staff, and Special Counsel to New York State Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco from 1995 to 1998.

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