Corwin Appointed to Corporations, Authorities and Commissions

January 12, 2010
Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R,C,I-Clarence) today announced that she has been appointed by Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) to serve as Ranking Minority Member on the committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, which oversees the operations of state commissions. Corwin also was re-appointed as Ranking Minority Member on the Governmental Operations Committee, and will once again serve on the Cities Committee, Education Committee and the Mental Health Committee.

“Assemblywoman Corwin has the knowledge and the leadership ability to serve our Conference as a ranking Minority member on both of these important committees,” said Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb. “Through her knowledge, experience and expertise, Assemblywoman Corwin has proven to be an important asset to our Conference, her constituents and all of Western New York.”

As the ranking Minority member on the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee, Corwin will be able to exercise jurisdiction over legislation governing the state’s commissions, most notably the Public Service Commission (PSC), which regulates the activities of the gas, electric, telephone and water utilities franchised to operate in the state. The committee also maintains jurisdiction of corporate governance and structure as they relate to business, not-for-profit, cooperative and other corporate entities.

The Committee on Cities is responsible for monitoring the concerns of New York’s 62 chartered cities, develop legislative responses and research new initiatives to enable city governments to better serve their citizens. Members on the Education Committee are entrusted with reviewing proposed revisions to state aid formulas, analyzing legislation impacting the administration and operation of school districts, teacher certification, and school budgets and voting, as well as safety and rights of pupils, among other responsibilities. The Mental Health Committee is responsible for examining, developing and recommending mental hygiene legislation affecting New York’s mentally ill, mentally retarded and developmentally disabled populations. As part of its oversight function, the committee monitors the activities of the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD), the Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled, the Mental Hygiene Legal Service and all programs licensed or operated by these agencies.

“I am honored, and thank Leader Kolb for the chance to serve as a ranking Minority member on the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee,” said Corwin. “Throughout my first year, I have tried to be a strong voice for Western New York and I look forward to continuing to serve on these important committees in the coming year and help improve the lives of all New Yorkers.”