Tarulli to Direct Flood Mitigation, Resiliency

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Department of Planning reported on June 11 it had hired Dean Tarulli, formerly of the New York State Office of Storm Recovery and Federal Emergency Management Agency, as director of Flood Mitigation and Resiliency.

Mr. Tarulli has joined Westchester County government to help develop and manage flood prevention and mitigation projects, as well as look at ways to maximize state and federal funding in communities plagued with flooding issues, county officials stated.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “We have all seen the catastrophic impact flooding and severe storms can have on our residents and businesses throughout Westchester County, which is why we created this brand-new position as part of our 2024 county budget. Dean Tarulli has been brought on to create a more comprehensive approach to flooding concerns in all of our communities, and we know the county will greatly benefit from his past experience and expertise.”

Westchester County Commissioner of Planning Blanca Lopez said: “Almost every day, we hear from municipalities and county residents alike about the need to increase the resiliency of communities impacted by flooding.”

Mr. Tarulli’s responsibilities will also include: administrating the county’s Flood Mitigation Program funded in the Capital Budget, addressing concerns from local municipalities as the county’s Floodplain Coordinator and collaborating closely with many county departments, including the Department of Emergency Services, Department of Environmental Facilities and Department of Public Works and Transportation.

Dean Tarulli

Con Edison Names Andrews as New CFO

NEW YORK—Consolidated Edison, Inc., and Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., announced on June 10 that Robert Hoglund will retire from the role of the chief financial officer on July 8, 2024. He will continue to serve as senior vice president of Con Edison to provide for a smooth transition until his retirement later this year.

As part of the company’s succession plan, Kirkland B. Andrews will succeed Mr. Hoglund as senior vice president and CFO, effective July 8, 2024. Mr. Andrews joins Con Edison from Evergy, Inc., where he served as EVP and CFO. Mr. Andrews will report to the Chairman and CEO Tim Cawley.  

Mr. Andrews has extensive finance experience, including 13 years serving in CFO roles at public utilities.  He serves on the board of directors for RPM International Inc., a high-performance coating, sealants and specialty chemicals company.

Mr. Andrews was previously employed at NRG Energy, Inc., where he served as EVP and CFO, and at Deutsche Bank Securities and Citigroup Global Markets, where he served as a managing director. He graduated from Wake Forest University and holds an MBA from the University of Virginia.

Kirkland Andrews

County Lawmakers Pass Infrastructure Bonds

WHITE PLAINS—On May 20 the Westchester County Board of Legislators approved a number of bonding measures to fund infrastructure projects in the county.

Westchester County Board of Legislators Chair Vedat Gashi (D-New Castle, Ossining, Somers, Yorktown) said, “In Yonkers we approved much-needed IT system and security upgrades and in Port Chester we approved the replacement of more than four miles of piping that is over 50 years old.”

The bonding measures approved by the Westchester County Board of Legislators included:

Technology Upgrade: Yonkers Water Resource and Recovery FacilityThe Board approved a $850,000 Bond Act to upgrade the information technology infrastructure at the Yonkers Water Resource and Recovery Facility. The Bond Act will finance the replacement of outdated cabling, fiber, and network equipment critical for the facility’s operations. The upgrade is necessary to meet CISA Cybersecurity standards and prevent operational disruptions.

McGregory Brook Relief Sewer in Peekskill The board’s approval of the $1.9-million bond act for the McGregory Brook Relief Sewer project in Peekskill marks a critical investment in the community’s infrastructure. By enhancing the sewer system’s flow capacity, this project not only mitigates the risk of flooding but also ensures the continued environmental health and safety of the area, safeguarding both residents and local ecosystems, county officials stated.

Port Chester Water Resource Recovery Facility The Board approved a $750,000 bond act to finance a study evaluating the rehabilitation or replacement of a deteriorating 30-inch outfall pipe at the Port Chester Water Resource Recovery Facility. The study, to be conducted by consultants, will assess the pipe’s condition, explore rehabilitation options, and develop a preliminary budget. The project aims to ensure the facility’s efficiency and resilience for years to come.

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