Gregg Sayre
Gregg Sayre (NYS Department of Public Service)

Gregg Sayre was named by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday as new head of the state Public Service Commission, New York’s utility-regulating agency.

Sayre will succeed Audrey Zibelman, who announced in January she was resigning to become chief executive officer of the Australian Energy Market Operator (NYLJ, Jan 26). Her resignation takes effect Thursday.

Sayre was appointed as member of the PSC in 2012 by Cuomo. He previously had been associate general counsel of the Norwalk, Conn.-based Frontier Communications Corporation, where he supervised the company’s regulatory legal issues in New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Indiana.

The Harvard Law School graduate has also been active in the New York State Bar Association’s Public Utility Law Committee.

Sayre made $110,150 as a member of the commission. The chairmanship pays $126,562 a year.

The commission has worked in tandem with Cuomo to advance various aspects of the governor’s energy policies, including the commission’s approval in 2016 of a plan to charge upstate utility ratepayers up to $7.6 billion to keep three nuclear power plants in service between 2017 and 2029 while alternative energy sources are found (NYLJ, Dec. 1, 2016).