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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pondering An Appointment to PURA......

As actor Frank Gorshin used to say when he portrayed The Riddler on the old Batman television series, "Riddle me this......."

That's the reaction I was left with on Tuesday when Gov. Dannel Malloy announced he had nominated a former communications executive with Webster Bank to serve as a director of the state agency that regulates Connecticut's public utilities. The selection of Arthur House of Simsbury (shown at left) to serve on the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) begs the question as to whether he is qualified to serve in the position.

Don't get me wrong. I've dealt with Mr. House when he was at Webster Bank and he certainly seems like a competent enough individual. Before being nominated to serve on PURA, House had most recently served as Chief of the Communications Group for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a combat support agency of the U.S. Department of Defense.

But don't you think ratepayers would be better served by Malloy appointing someone who either has a background in utilities or regulatory issues associated with the industries that PURA regulates.

If his nomination is approved,  House will fill the vacant PURA directorship that had previously held by Anna Ficeto, who was recently sworn in as a Superior Court judge.

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