Board of Trustees Bios

Meet the Long Island Power Authority's Board of Trustees.

Ralph V. Suozzi, Chairman

  • Appointed by: Governor Cuomo, December 27, 2013
  • Term Expires: December 31, 2017

A former business executive with more than 30 years' experience in corporate leadership, including CBS Television and American Express, Ralph Suozzi most recently served as Mayor of the City of Glen Cove, from 2006 to 2013 and is currently the Village Administrator for the Incorporated Village of Garden City. In his executive role at American Express, Suozzi directed teams that designed, deployed, maintained and trained professionals on systems that affected more than 100,000 employees worldwide.

As mayor of Glen Cove he spearheaded and sustained a complete financial turnaround during a global recession, reducing an inherited deficit by 79%, cutting debt 21%, securing over $48 million in Federal, State, and County grants, generating $3.3 million in new revenue sources, and reducing expenses by $4.1 million annually. Suozzi managed 20 boards and more than 500 employees and volunteers. Additionally, he chaired Glen Cove’s Community and Industrial Development Agencies.

Mr. Suozzi was honored by the Nassau County AHRC Foundation for his humanitarian efforts, the Nassau County Chapter of the NYS Society of Professional Engineers and the Long Island Contractors Association for his focus on infrastructure improvements, and The North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary for environmental achievements relating to the rehabilitation of Dosoris Pond.

Mr. Suozzi’s other achievements include being a Vision Long Island & NYCOM Award Winner, expert panelist for Sustainable Long Island, selected advisor to the New York State Conference of Mayors, and recognition by the Long Island Planning Council, the Long Island Index, and the New York League of Conservation Voters. Mr. Suozzi was one of just four mayors nationally invited to participate in a panel discussion at the Environmental Protection Agency's 2011 Brownfields Conference, and one of just 30 mayors nationwide to serve on the U.S. EPA’s 2012 Local Government Advisory Committee.

Mr. Suozzi is a graduate of the Energeia Partnership, a think-tank organization focused on challenges facing Long Island leaders from a variety of businesses and disciplines. Mr. Suozzi is also a graduate of the Long Island University CW Post Center, is a former ten-year member of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, and son of Glen Cove’s former mayor, Vincent “Jimmy” Suozzi. He, his wife, and two school-age sons reside in Glen Cove.

Thomas J. McAteer, Vice Chairman

  • Appointed by: Governor Cuomo, December 27, 2013
  • Term Expires: December 31, 2017
  • Board Committees: Personnel & Compensation (Chair), Governance, REV

Mr. McAteer has served in executive level and board positions over the last 30 years. Mr. McAteer began his career at the Long Island Rail Road and rose to the position of Director of Human Resources at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Mr. McAteer next served as the Chief Deputy County Executive in Suffolk County from 1987 through 1991. In this role, Mr. McAteer had oversight of county agencies and served as the Chief of Staff and senior advisor to the elected County Executive of the largest suburban county in New York State.

After leading his own management consulting firm, Mr. McAteer moved to the health care industry during the formation of managed care in the New York market. He rose to the position of CEO of Vytra Health Plans, the largest regional managed care organization on Long Island. Vytra was recognized for its outstanding customer service and its strong working relationships with hospitals and providers. After merging Vytra with HIP Health Plans of New York, Mr. McAteer served as the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for HIP and served on the Executive Committee for his four years with that organization.

Mr. McAteer next served as the Senior Vice-President and East Region Market Leader for Medicaid at Aetna. Over the course of five years, he engineered new business start-ups in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida, growing a business unit from $250 million in revenue to what stands today at in excess of $2 billion dollars annually. After retiring from Aetna in 2013, Mr. McAteer joined Suffolk Transportation as the Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. Mr. McAteer also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the largest private provider of school bus services in Suffolk County. Suffolk Transportation also provides 60% of the transit services to the residents of Suffolk County.

In addition to serving as LIPA’s Vice Chairman, Mr. McAteer is the Vice Chairman and lead Director of Integral Health Plans that provides Medicaid Managed Care services to Florida residents. Mr. McAteer also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Lakeland Industries a NASDAQ listed manufacturer and distributor of protective garments.

Mr. McAteer has served on numerous not for profit boards over the years and has received recognition for his commitment to community service including; the Long Island Association Medal of Honor, the 25th annual Harry Chapin Humanitarian award, the 2005 Nature Conservancy award, the George M. Estabrook Award from Hofstra University and the Suffolk Community College Presidents Award. He along with his wife Barbara were honored by The National Association of Mother’s Centers for their efforts on behalf of Long Island families. Mr. McAteer was elected to the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Long Island Softball Hall of Fame if 1992. He holds an MBA and a BBA from Hofstra University and an Honorary Doctorate in Commercial Sciences from Dowling College. He resides in West Islip with his wife and two daughters.

Elkan Abramowitz

  • Appointed by: Governor Cuomo, December 27, 2013
  • Term Expires: December 31, 2015
  • Board Committees: Contract Oversight (Chair), Finance & Audit

Mr. Abramowitz is a leading white collar criminal defense lawyer experienced in handling civil and criminal matters in state and federal court for individual and corporate clients. He has built his career as a trial lawyer representing prestigious clients fallen into high stakes personal and professional crises both in and outside the courtroom. Mr. Abramowitz is the recipient of the 1999 Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy presented by the Office of the Appellate Defender. Named a leading lawyer by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in the area of Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations every year since Chambers’ 2003 launch in the United States, he has been described as “an unquestioned dean of the field… with a potent combination of experience, intelligence and composure.” He is also listed as a Leading Lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense by The Legal 500 United States, and as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys. In 2008, Elkan was honored with the New York Council of Defense Lawyers’ Norman S. Ostrow award for the defense of liberty and the preservation of individual rights.

Mr. Abramowitz became a principal at a predecessor firm to Morvillo Abramowitz in 1979. He was appointed Special Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Investigation for the City of New York in 1990 to investigate a stock transfer by Mayor David Dinkins to his son. He served as counsel to the Special Master in the garment center antitrust case in 1992. Mr. Abramowitz has also served as Assistant Deputy Mayor for the City of New York, as a Special Counsel to the Select Committee on Crime for the U.S. House of Representatives, and as the Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former director of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. He is also a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations, the New York City Bar Association (past member of the Criminal Law, Federal Courts, Ethics, and Judiciary Committees), and the Federal Bar Council. Mr. Abramowitz is a co-author of the “White Collar Crime” column in the New York Law Journal. Mr. Abramowitz is a graduate of Brown University and the New York University School of Law, where he was a Pomeroy Scholar and editor of the Law Review.

Sheldon L. Cohen

  • Appointed by: Governor Cuomo, December 27, 2013
  • Term Expires: December 31, 2016
  • Board Committees: Contract Oversight, Finance & Audit (Chair), REV

Mr. Cohen serves as Senior Managing Director of CBRE's Downtown Manhattan office. In this role, Mr. Cohen has responsibility for the strategic planning and day-to-day management of the firm's Downtown operations, while helping to accelerate the company's growth plans in the Lower Manhattan market—the fourth-largest Central Business District in the U.S. He is also responsible for the firm's operations in Manhattan's Midtown South market, heads up the New York Tri-State Region’s practices in the health care, education and government sectors, and is a member of CBRE's New York Tri-State Region management team.

Mr. Cohen has extensive public and private sector business experience. He most recently served as the first Director of Real Estate Planning and Development for Nassau County and was a member of the County Executive's Executive Management Team. In that role, he managed a portfolio of over 2,500 County-owned properties comprising over 6 million square feet. He developed and implemented the County's first strategic Real Estate Consolidation Plan that provided for a significant program of property disposition, acquisition and management as part of the County's efforts to enhance operational and fiscal efficiency.

Mr. Cohen was also responsible for the County's building and space management. In 2004, he spearheaded the consolidation of the County's Health and Human Services operations into a 217,000-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art facility. That transaction was the largest lease transaction in Nassau County that year and was recognized by both the Association for a Better Long Island (ABLI) and the Commercial and Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island (CIBS) as “The Most Ingenious Deal of the Year.”

Prior to this, Mr. Cohen was Vice President of Facilities and Services for MetLife, managing the relocation of 2,500 MetLife associates and overseeing lease negotiations, tax incentives, space design, building construction requirements, procurement, security issues and migration plans. He previously served as MetLife's Vice President of Government Relations, developing company positions and strategies on national legislative and regulatory issues. Mr. Cohen is often quoted in The New York Times as well as in a number of other business, industry and regional publications and is a frequent speaker on the Manhattan real estate market. He was also profiled in the June/July 2010 issue of NY Inc. as “15 People You Should Know” in New York City real estate.

Matthew C. Cordaro, Ph.D.

  • Appointed by: Assembly Speaker Heastie, January 5, 2016
  • Term Expires: December 31, 2019
  • Board Committees: Contract Oversight, Personnel & Compensation, REV

Dr. Cordaro’s career includes many years as an executive in the utility industry and positions as an educator, a scientist and a researcher in the fields of business, energy and the environment. Dr. Cordaro was most recently the Dean of the Townsend School of Business at Dowling College. Before his position at Dowling, Dr. Cordaro served in a number of high level administrative, academic and research positions at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in the College of Management.

Previously, Dr. Cordaro served as the first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Midwest Independent System Operator (Midwest ISO) based in Indianapolis, Indiana, the largest independent transmission system operator in the nation. The Midwest ISO is responsible for electric reliability and markets covering 57,000 miles of transmission lines and 150,000 Megawatts of electric generation and clears over 23 billion dollars in energy transactions, over an area exceeding 200,000 square miles, and extending into 13 states and one province of Canada.

Prior to that, Dr. Cordaro was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nashville Electric Service, one of the ten largest public electric utilities in the nation. He also previously served as President of Long Lake Cogeneration Corporation and as Senior Vice President of Long Lake Energy Corporation, an alternative energy producer. For 22 years prior to that, Dr. Cordaro was with the Long Island Lighting Company, an investor-owned utility, finally holding the position of Senior Vice President of Operations, Engineering, and Construction.

Dr. Cordaro is currently a member of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance’s advisory board and is serving as a “Grid Master” for the T&D World publication. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the American Public Power Association, and the Nature Conservancy of Tennessee, and has served on the editorial advisory boards of World Transmission and Distribution magazine and the Long Island Business News. Dr. Cordaro has also testified many times before congressional and state legislative committees and is frequently sought by the media for expert commentary. Dr. Cordaro also served as the Chairman of the Suffolk County Legislature’s Utility Oversight Committee prior to being appointed by the New York State Assembly Leader to the Long Island Power Authority’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Cordaro holds a Ph.D. in Physics and Engineering from Cooper Union, an M.E. in Nuclear Engineering from New York University, a B.S. in Engineering Science from C. W. Post College and completed the Executive Management Program at the University of Michigan. He has also been an Atomic Energy Commission Fellow, a Guest Research Associate at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Polytechnic Institute of New York and C. W. Post College. Dr. Cordaro has also authored many publications on education, business, energy, environment and utility issues.

Mark Fischl

  • Appointed by: Governor Cuomo, December 27, 2013
  • Term Expires: December 31, 2017
  • Board Committees: Finance & Audit, Governance (Chair), REV (Chair)

Mr. Fischl is the President of Pinnacle Real Properties LLC, a real estate consulting and development advisory firm that focuses on closing transactions and redeveloping downtown areas. Pinnacle also has experience with industrial properties.

Prior to joining Pinnacle, Mr. Fischl spent 13 years with RGE, a local real estate firm located on Long Island. At RGE, Mr. Fischl managed commercial properties as well as deal with certain environmental issues. While at RGE, Mr. Fischl assisted the acquisition of almost 1 million square feet of space. Mr. Fischl spent six years as President of the American Platform Tennis Association.







Peter J. Gollon, Ph.D.

  • Appointed by: Assembly Speaker Heastie, June 29, 2016
  • Term Expires: December 31, 2016
  • Board Committees: REV

Dr. Gollon’s interest in physics started in New York City’s Bronx High School of Science. He received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, and stayed on there to receive his Ph.D. degree in nuclear physics. While at Columbia he was elected a member of Sigma XI, an honorary society for those in scientific research.

In 1968, Dr. Gollon started working at what was to become Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory outside of Chicago, then the world’s largest high energy physics research laboratory. He first participated in the design of the laboratory, and ultimately became responsible for radiation safety of the 2000 person, 10 square mile laboratory.

He moved to Long Island with his family in 1979 and for seven years split his time between working at Brookhaven National Laboratory and at a family business, eventually devoting all of his time to the family business. He continued consulting for Brookhaven for another eight years.

After selling the business and retiring in 2007, Dr. Gollon put his science and business backgrounds to use as the volunteer Energy Chair of the Long Island Sierra Club. His focus there has been promoting the rapid conversion of our economy from one based on burning fossil fuels to one based on renewably generated energy that does not emit the carbon dioxide that causes global climate change and threatens our environment, health and safety. In that position, Dr. Gollon has spoken and testified before various local, State and Federal bodies.

Prior to being appointed to the LIPA Board of Trustees, Dr. Gollon was one of the five original citizen members of the Environmental Advisory Committee established by PSEG Long Island when it assumed operation of the LIPA electrical system in 2014.

One of Dr. Gollon’s concerns since graduate school has been the protection of civil liberties and civil rights. He has served on the Boards of Directors of both the Illinois and the New York State branches of the American Civil Liberties Union for more than thirty years, and was Treasurer of the latter for several years. He was awarded status as Director Emeritus in recognition of his contributions there.

In April 2016, Dr. Gollon received the “Environmental Vision for Sustainable Development” award from the Long Island Progressive Coalition. He has lived with his wife Abby Pariser near Huntington Village since 1979. Their two adult children live out of state.

 Jeffrey H. Greenfield

  • Appointed by: Majority Leader Skelos, December 24, 2013
  • Term Expires: December 31, 2016
  • Board Committees: Personnel & Compensation

Jeff Greenfield, managing partner with NGL, Group in Lynbrook, New York, served as president of CIBGNY, Council of insurance Brokers of Greater New York, and is a past president of the Professional Insurance Agents of New York State Inc. (PIANY). A member of PIANY since 1974, Greenfield has been active in the association, serving as president of PIANY from 1994-95, as first vice president from 1993-94, and as vice president from 1992-93. He also served as chair of the association's Membership and Residual Markets committees and as a member of numerous other committees including Budget and Finance, Executive, PIANY Political Action, Legislative Contact, Ad hoc Consumer, Government and Industry Affairs and Public Relations. He was also chairman of BRACE in 1996; a coalition of IIAANY, PIANY and Life Underwriters.

Active in industry affairs, Mr. Greenfield has lobbied in Washington, D.C., and in Albany on behalf of PIANY on such issues as banks in insurance, direct flood program sales and the federal crime insurance program. He also has testified on lead liability and auto insurance issues. During his tenure as president, Mr. Greenfield met many times with the Insurance Department to discuss the insurance industry's future regarding coastal insurance availability, lead liability, and many other crucial issues. He has served as a member of the Governor's Coastal Task Force.

Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi appointed Mr. Greenfield a Commissioner at the Nassau County Planning Commission in February 2002 in recognition of his experience in zoning and planning. He currently serves as Chairman of this Nassau County Planning Commission, having been reappointed by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. Mr. Greenfield has served two terms as president of Temple B'nai Sholom. Prior to this, he served as a board member and officer for ten years. In addition, he has been involved, as past president of the Kiwanis Club; trustee for the Village of Rockville Centre and as a 39- year member of the Rockville Centre Fire Department. In his community, Greenfield has also served as Chairman of the Rockville Centre Board of Appeals for 16 years and, serves as director of the Rockville Centre Community Fund. He also served as a Board member of Molloy College for the last 12 years. Also, he is an active member of and past honoree of the UJA insurance Division.

Suzette C. Smookler

  • Appointed by: Temporary President and Majority Leader John J. Flanagan, January 7, 2016
  • Term Expires: December 31, 2019
  • Board Committees: Governance, REV

Ms. Smookler of Port Jefferson, New York has had a distinguished career in healthcare and education. She currently is the Director of Clinical Nutrition and Education Services at Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Ms. Smookler served on the Port Jefferson School District Board of Education from 1996 to 2002 and for four years as President. She is a registered dietitian and served as the President of the Long Island Dietetic Association from 1984 to 1985. Ms. Smookler has been an active Long Island Power Authority Trustee since 2006.

Ms. Smookler was employed by the New York State Department of Health – Office of Health Systems Management from 1980-1991. In this role she monitored Long Island hospitals and long term care facilities for compliance to New York State and Federal codes and regulations.

Ms. Smookler earned her Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and her Masters; Health Care Policy and Management from Stony Brook University.

Ms. Smookler was born in Glen Cove and raised in Nassau County. She and her husband have resided in Suffolk County for the past 36 years. They have three grown sons.