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Crist Names Two to PSC

January 11th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Poor Ken Littlefield. Sworn in as a PSC Commissioner on Tuesday, looking for a job on Thursday. Likewise for Isilio Arriaga. Both were given the boot by the governor on Wednesday. Late Thursday he named two proven consumer advocates to the post. Phil Nowicki and Jeremy L. Susac will face Senate confirmation.

Norwicki has been working in Georgia enforcing the lemon law. He did great work here in Florida doing the same job.  Susac currently works for the PSC. Here’s the release from the Governor’s Office:

Crist Appoints Two to Public Service Commission

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today appointed Philip Nowicki and Jeremy L. Susac to serve as commissioners with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC).

“Philip’s vast experience in consumer services makes him a great addition to the commission,” said Governor Crist.  “He was on the ground level of establishing Florida’s Lemon Law, and has also served in leadership roles in state government before heading Georgia’s Lemon Law Division.”

Nowicki has administered the Lemon Law Division for the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs since July 2002.  He previously served as the director of consumer affairs for the Georgia Public Service Commission.  Nowicki has 30 years of experience working in consumer services, including working as the division director for Land Sales, Condominiums and Mobile Homes in the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and executive director of the Lemon Law Arbitration Program for the Florida Office of the Attorney General.  He graduated from the University of Georgia, Florida International University and Syracuse University.

“It is an honor to be asked by Governor Crist to serve on this commission,” said Nowicki.  “It’s great to once again work to help the people of Florida.”

“Jeremy brings to the commission hands-on experience in alternative dispute resolution, such as binding arbitration and mediation,” said Governor Crist.  “I am confident that he will thoughtfully handle the complex policy issues facing the Public Service Commission.”

Susac has served with the Public Service Commission since August 2003, first as a senior attorney, and most recently as chief policy advisor to Commissioner Katrina J. Tew.  Previously, he worked as an associate attorney for Merani and Associates and as a contract attorney for Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper and Scinto, both in New York City.  He graduated from the University of Florida and New York Law School.

“It has been an honor to serve the people of Florida in my current role with the commission,” said Susac.  “I look forward to continuing to advocate for Florida’s consumers.”

The Florida Public Service Commission regulates utilities to ensure that Florida’s consumers receive electric, natural gas, telephone, water and wastewater in a safe, affordable and reliable manner.  The PSC exercises regulatory authority over rate regulation; competitive market oversight and monitoring of safety, reliability and service.

“I am delighted that Governor Crist has chosen two new commissioners with demonstrated consumer sensitivity.  This is a great day for Florida consumers!” said Harold McLean, Florida Public Counsel.

“Governor Crist has scored yet another touchdown for Florida’s consumers!  I know Mr. Susac to be a knowledgeable, fair-minded individual who will work hard for Florida’s consumers.  Additionally, Mr. Nowicki’s resume reflects both solid utility regulatory experience and, importantly, a long history of representing consumer interests,” said consumer advocate Mike Twomey.

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