Climate Action Council


The New York State Climate Action Council (Council) is a 22-member committee that will prepare a Scoping Plan to achieve the State’s bold clean energy and climate agenda.

Climate Action Council Members


  • Doreen Harris, President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • Basil Seggos, Commissioner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

State Agencies & Authorities

  • Richard Ball, Commissioner, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Marie Therese Dominguez, Commissioner, New York State Department of Transportation
  • Thomas Falcone, CEO, Long Island Power Authority
  • Hope Knight, Commissioner and President & CEO of Empire State Development
  • Justin Driscoll, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer, New York Power Authority
  • Roberta Reardon, Commissioner, New York State Department of Labor
  • Rory Christian, CEO and Chair, New York State Public Service Commission 
  • Robert J. Rodriguez, Secretary of State, New York State Department of State
  • RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner and CEO, New York State Homes and Community Renewal
  • Mary T. Bassett, Acting Commissioner, New York State Department of Health

Council Appointees

  • Mario Cilento, President of the NYS AFL-CIO
  • Donna L. DeCarolis, President, National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation
  • Gavin Donohue, President and CEO, Independent Power Producers of New York
  • Dennis Elsenbeck, Head of Energy and Sustainability, Phillips Lytle
  • Rose Harvey, Senior Fellow for Parks and Open Space, Regional Plan Association
  • Bob Howarth, Professor, Ecology and Environmental Biology at Cornell
  • Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director, Environmental Advocates NY
  • Anne Reynolds, Executive Director, Alliance for Clean Energy New York
  • Raya Salter, Esq., Principal, Imagine Power LLC
  • Paul Shepson, Dean, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University

View the Climate Action Council Code of Conduct [PDF].

Climate Action Council Bylaws [PDF]