As Director of the New York State Department of Public Service Long Island Office (LIO), Carrie Meek Gallagher and her regional staff will provide increased regulatory oversight of LIPA and PSEG Long Island and ensure fair and reasonable electric rates for ratepayers, while also safeguarding access to secure, resilient, reliable, and sustainable electric, gas, water, and telecommunications services in the region. Part of this increased oversight will include enhanced outreach to consumers, businesses, and stakeholders. Concurrently, the LIO will facilitate development of the clean energy infrastructure in the region that is needed to implement the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
Most recently, Carrie held the position of Acting Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and Environment, serving as a member of the Executive Chamber under the direction of the Director of State Operations overseeing all phases of government operations and policy management within the Energy and Environment Portfolio.
Previously, Carrie served as the Regional Director for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), overseeing a staff of 188 personnel with responsibility for implementing environmental conservation programs throughout Long Island. She has also served as the Chief Sustainability Officer for the Suffolk County Water Authority; the Suffolk County Commissioner of the Department of Environment and Energy; Deputy Director of Planning for Suffolk County; the inaugural director of the Long Island Index; headed the Nassau County Economic Development Resource Center; and developed Sustainable Long Island’s Brownfields Redevelopment program.
She holds a B.A. in Sustainable Development and Latin American Studies from Amherst College, an M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland at College Park, and an MBA from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University. She has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council LI Chapter “Leader of the Year” (2021), Long Island Contractors Association Road Warriors “Natural Born Leader” (Spring 2021), City and State “Long Island Heroes” (November 2020), Town of Brookhaven Women’s Recognition in Government (2012), Networking “A Leading Long Island Environmentalist (August 2011), and Long Island Business “40 Under 40” (2003).