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Richard Kessel resigns from NYPA

Richard Kessel, NYPA president
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Richard Kessel, NYPA president

By Eileen Buckley


Buffalo, NY – The leader of the New York Power Authority is planning to step down. The Buffalo News is reporting that Richard Kessel has announced his resignation as the president.

Buffalo News investigative reporter Jim Heaney broke the story. He tells WBFO News his sources believe Kessel "fell out of political favor" with the Governor.

"From what I am hearing, he was not a fan of some key people in the Cuomo Administration, and I'm told, he and John Dyson, a new board member, who some regard as the chairman in waiting, the two were apparently not getting along either. I think this probably has more to do with politics than anything else," said Heaney.

Heaney believes Kessel's resignation is more about politics than anything else.

Kessel is expected to remain on the job until September 6th. The authority's Chief operating officer Gil Quiniones will then take over as acting president and chief executive officer pending a search.

WBFO News has reached out to Kessel for comment, but so far have not received a return call.

You can click the above audio to hear WBFO'S Eileen Buckley interview Buffalo News reporter Jim Heaney.