At a special meeting of the Water Board this morning, the Board members approved the appointment of Lindsey Ganson, Chief of Staff of the DEP, as Acting Treasurer of the Water Board. Ganson was hired as former DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd’s Chief of Staff in early 2008. We wish her much luck and hope for much success in her new position.
As a side note, the Water Board also approved the DEP’s consulting contract with Appleseed regarding the “economic impact… of DEP’s operations and investments in the upstate watershed.” We’ve been critical of the DEP’s actions upstate in the past and we look forward to the results and findings of this report.
As of late last week (UPDATE 9/9/09: effective the afternoon of Thursday, September 3), William Kusterbeck is longer the New York City Water Board Treasurer. Details surrounding his departure are, as of now, unknown. We will keep you posted as the story develops.
Mr. Kusterbeck has been treasurer since 1985 and worked for the DEP for six years before that. His positions in the DEP have included Director of Rates and Revenue and Director of the Office of Planning.
Regardless of the details surrounding his departure, we at WaterWatchNYC wish to commend Mr. Kusterbeck for his 30 years of service to our city. He oversaw cash-strapped budgets during droughts and worked hard to reel in the out of control spending of recent years. His dedication to serving the public will be sorely missed.