April 23, 2007

Sparks-Beddoe nomination to move forward

I may be the only person (apart from State Senator Thomas Libous) who's still interested in this, but the State Senate seems ready to hold confirmation hearings for Angela Sparks-Beddoe, Governor Spitzer's choice to lead the Public Service Commission.

If it wasn't for her longtime work for NYSEG/Energy East, as a lobbyist for a company that has, to put it mildly, pushed the boundaries with the PSC, I'd probably be a supporter. Unfortunately, I'd like to hear a lot more about how she plans to put that past behind her.

Seeing this makes me even queasier, though this time about how the State Senate runs:

Her nomination is slated to be considered Tuesday by the Senate Energy Committee. Although the panel or the Senate Finance Committee, which also must act on nominations, technically could reject Sparks-Beddoe, putting her nomination on the agenda is practically tantamount to approval.

Funny how scheduling and approval fit so tightly together. Still, let's see...

Update: Maybe that approval isn't so guaranteed, though the dispute is over a Spitzer aide's interactions with the PSC.

Posted by simon at April 23, 2007 6:22 PM in , ,
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