By Juan Soto
Gov. Andrew Cuomo nominated influential Rev. Floyd Flake to serve as a member of the Public Service Commission, the agency that regulates the state’s utilities.
Flake, a former congressman from southeast Queens and pastor of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral, needs state Senate approval before he begins work at the commission.
Cuomo appointed 58 new members to his administration this week.
“By bringing new talent and fresh ideas to the team, our administration is building on the progress we’ve made over the past four years,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Flake, a leading political figure in Queens and an ally of the governor, was a member of a state commission put together to analyze the failures of electric companies in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
In the latest waves of appointments, Cuomo also nominated former City Comptroller Bill Thompson to chair the New York State Housing Finance Agency and the State of New York Mortgage Agency.
Thompson ran unsuccessfully for New York City mayor in 2009 and 2013.