John Dyson, an ally of the past and present Cuomo administrations, is resigning from the board of the New York Power Authority effective Aug. 5.
Dyson served as chairman of the NYPA board under both Democratic Govs. Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo. He was NYPA chairman from 1979 through 1985.
When Andrew Cuomo nominated Dyson last year, he was expected to ultimately be named chairman to succeed Michael Townsend, a Rochester-area attorney and appointee of former Republican Gov. George Pataki.
But Dyson, a businessman, wasn’t Cuomo’s ultimate pick for the post. Cuomo choose John Koelmel, who is from East Amherst, Erie County, and president of First Niagara Financial Group.
Dyson could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon. Dyson’s departure was first reported by the Watertown Daily Times.
In his resignation letter, Dyson thanked Cuomo for naming him to the board, saying he was appreciative of being able to get the power authority on better footing. The authority was troubled during the tenure of former president Richard Kessel, whose use of authority funds for community donations has been under investigation.
“Working on all this has been a nearly full-time job for me,” Dyson wrote in his resignation letter, which was obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau. “It is time for me to return my attention to my private and business lives.”
In his letter, Dyson noted his long relationship with the Cuomos, saying he and his wife, Kathe, “are proud to have supported you from the beginning of your public career. Your achievements and your friendship have amply rewarded us.”