Curran nominates 7 for Nassau IDA, including Richard Kessel


Former LIPA chief Richard Kessel has been nominated for a seat on the board of directors of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, which grants tax breaks to expanding businesses.

Kessel, who also once led the state Power Authority, is one of seven people put forward last week by new County Executive Laura Curran to lead the IDA, according to legislative resolutions.

The other nominees are bankers Lewis M. Warren and Shlomo Cohen, LIRR union leader Anthony Simon, travel agent and former Hempstead Village trustee Luis Figueroa, educator Eva Pearson, who was an unsuccessful candidate for Oyster Bay Town board, and Evlyn R. Tsimis, whom Curran recently hired from cable television, internet and telephone services provider Altice USA to serve as deputy county executive for economic development.

Simon’s Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation union, or SMART, endorsed Curran in the Democratic primary for county executive.


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