Meet the Board
The Board of Public Utilities consists of nine members, all residents of the City of Jamestown.
The Board is comprised of the Mayor, by virtue of office, who is the President of the Board; the Director of Public Works; two council representatives and five community members, each appointed by the Mayor for terms that vary in length.
The Board elects its own Chairman.
The Board meets once a month at 4 p.m. on the third or fourth Monday, according to the attached schedule.
Meetings are held in the Board Room on the second floor of the BPU business offices at 92 Steele Street.
All meetings are open to the public. Public comments may be made at the opening of each official board meeting, but not at work sessions.
Board Meeting Schedule
|Monday, December 17, 2018||4:00 PM |
|Monday, November 26, 2018||4:00 PM |
|Monday, October 22, 2018||4:00 PM |
|Monday, September 24, 2018||4:00 PM |
|Monday, August 27, 2018||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, July 23, 2018||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, June 25, 2018||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, May 21, 2018||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, April 23, 2018||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, March 26, 2018||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, February 26, 2018||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, January 22, 2018||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, December 18, 2017||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, November 20, 2017||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Thursday, October 23, 2017||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, September 25, 2017||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, August 28, 2017||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, July 24, 2017||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, June 26, 2017||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, May 22, 2017||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, April 24, 2017||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, April 10, 2017||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Wednesday, March 27, 2017||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, Februry 27, 2017||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
|Monday, January 23, 2017||4:00 PM ||Approved Minutes|
In accordance with the Charter of the City of Jamestown, New York, Jamestown Mayor Samuel Teresi holds the position of Board of Public Utilities President.
Mayor Teresi earned a Master of Arts in Public Affairs and Administration, Summa Cum Laude, from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the University at Buffalo, and an Associates of Arts Degree from Jamestown Community College.
Prior to his election as Mayor in November, 1999, he served as Director of Development of the City of Jamestown for 12 years. The Mayor was re-elected to additional four-year terms in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.
Mayor Teresi serves as Chairman of the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency and as President of the Jamestown Local Development Corporation. He serves on the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation Board of Directors and is Co-Chair of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.
The Mayor is Immediate Past President of the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) and currently sits on the NYCOM Executive Board. Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Mayor Teresi to serve as a member of the Western New York Economic Development Council and previously to the Governorís Mandate Relief and Redesign Council.
Mayor Teresi is also a member of the National Policymaking Council of the American Public Power Association (APPA).
In addition, the Mayor is a director of the Babe Ruth World Series Board of the Directors, the Executive Board of Jamestown Professional Baseball, Inc. and is member of the Kiwanis Club of Jamestown.
Mayor Teresi and his wife Becky are the parents of two sons.
Gregory P. Rabb
Gregory P. Rabb was first appointed to the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors by Jamestown City Mayor Sam Teresi, effective January 1, 2008, as a City Council representative. He was reappointed as a citizen representative by the Mayor effective January 1, 2018. On January 22, 2018, he was unanimously elected as Chair of the Board. In addition, as of January 8, 2018, he became Chair of the Jamestown City Planning Commission.
A former Assistant Dean of the Division of Business and Social Sciences for the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses of Jamestown Community College (JCC), Rabb is a professor of government, politics, economics and law. In May, 2011, Rabb was honored with the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also serves as Coordinator of Global Education at the college and received the JCC Faculty Award for Excellence in 1987. He also currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Buffalo State College.
Rabb is a consultant in American Politics to Educational Testing Services and in Spring, 2017, he was awarded a grant to study in Palestine through the Palestine American Research Center.
A Canisius College graduate, Rabb earned a Masterís Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo School of Law.
Mayor Sam Teresi appointed Marie Carrubba to the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Board of Directors, effective January 8, 2018, as a Council representative. She has served on the Jamestown City Council since February, 2013, when she was appointed to fill the Fourth Ward vacancy and was subsequently elected to three successive terms. Ms. Carrubba now serves as President of the Council.
Ms. Carrubba is currently serving her second term as Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc., Board Chairperson where she has participated as a board member for the past 26 years. She is also Secretary of the Resource Center (TRC) Board of Directors, where in the past, she also held positions as President and Treasurer. She continues to serve on the Jamestown Community College Board of Trustees, the Community Services Board, the Workforce Investment Board and the Long Term Care Council.
In 2002, Ms. Carrubba began volunteering as a mediator for the Center for Resolution and Justice. Her other volunteer activities include the City of Jamestown Charter Review Committee in 2005, and, in 2012, she chaired the City of Jamestown Reapportionment Committee.
Among the honors she has received are TRC Advocate, TRC Humanitarian, TRC United Way Volunteer of the Year, Zonta Women in Leadership Award and the Chautauqua County Homecare Association Service to the Community recognition.
Ms. Carrubba attended the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and is an attorney. She has been working as a disability advocate in Jamestown since 1983 when she was hired as the Director of Southwestern Independent Living Center and where she has worked for the past 34 years as Executive Director.
Marie and her husband Doug are the parents of two sons.
Chuck Cornell, elected Chair of the BPU in January, 2016, joined the board in July, 2014, filling the unexpired term of the Honorable Fred Larson who resigned to become City Court Judge.
Cornell is the Director of the Fredonia Technology Incubator of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia. Formerly, he served as the Director of Fredoniaís Center for Regional Advancement and was an adjunct faculty member of both Fredonia and Jamestown Community College.
Cornell served two terms in the Chautauqua County Legislature representing the north side of Jamestown. Prior to his election, he was employed as Clerk of the Legislature and also previously worked as the Executive Assistant to Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas. While living in Washington, DC, he was on the staff of U.S. Senator Carl Levin of Michigan and U.S. Representative Paul Kanjorski of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
At Fredonia, Cornell is a member of the StartUp NY Committee and the Applied Learning Council. He is a past board member of the County Industrial Development Agency, the Manufacturing Technology Institute, the Greater Jamestown Empire Zone, the County Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Task Force and the County Parks Commission. He is a past ex-officio member of the grassroots neighborhood organization Northside Pride, which he founded. He is a member of the 2014 Chautauqua Leadership Network Class.
Cornell graduated from Jamestown High School and holds business administration and management degrees from JCC and from SUNY Geneseo respectively. He earned his Masterís in Public Administration from SUNY Albany and was selected for a New York State Senate Post Graduate Fellowship.
He is married to Lori Cornell, Southern Tier Representative for Governor Andrew Cuomo, and is the father of four children.
Mayor Sam Teresi appointed Terrance Horner to the Board of Public Utilities for a four-year term beginning in 2016. Retired, Horner worked as Biomedical Technician at WCA Hospital from 1974-2013. A Vietnam Veteran in the U.S. Army, Horner served as an Aide to Brigadier General Sprugen Neal, Surgeon General; and as an Enlisted Aid to Brigadier General Don R. Hickman, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel and Administration in Vietnam.
Horner graduated from Jamestown High School and earned an Associates of Applied Science degree at Jamestown Community College.
Horner is Treasurer of First Lutheran Church where he also is a member of the Property, Finance and Endowment Committees. He is a former 50+ member of the First Congregational Church where he served as a teacher, deacon, trustee on the Church Council and as Treasurer. He a member of the Vikings, Ingjald Lodge 65; the Roger Tory Peterson Institute; the Jamestown Audubon Society; the VFW Post 53: and the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy. He serves as an advisor to the City of Jamestown Riverfront Management Council.
Maria Jones was named to the Board in 2013 and currently chairs the Board Finance Committee. A lifelong Jamestown resident, Mrs. Jones has served as a City Council Member for nine years, representing Ward 5, and is City Council Public Safety Committee Chairwoman.
Mrs. Jones has worked at Cummins, Inc. for 40 years, presently serving as Machining Team Manager. She is a member of the Cummins Diversity Council and assists as a Diversity Lead Trainer. Mrs. Jones also has been the Associate Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jamestown for eight years. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business Management and a graduate degree in Strategic Leadership.
An active community member, Mrs. Jones received several honors, including the United Way Volunteer of the Year; the YWCA Chautauqua County Women of Achievement Award; the Cummins Diversity Ambassador Award; and the Zonta Women in Leadership Award. She was a keynote speaker at Chautauqua Institution, sponsored by the Chautauqua Society for Peace.
Mrs. Jones has served on the Board of Directors at St. Susan Center; the Jamestown Community Learning Center; the Scholarship Committee of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation; and as Chair of the YWCA Racial Justice Committee. She has volunteered in the Womenís Aglow Jail Ministry and as a United Way Project Blueprint Trainer.
Maria and her husband Wesley Jones have been married for 33 years and have a daughter Katrina.
Jeffrey A. Lehman, PE
Jeffrey A. Lehman P.E. has served as a Board Member since 1994, by virtue of his office as the City Director of Public Works.
A North Tonawanda, New York, native, Lehman graduated from North Tonawanda High School in 1980, and earned an Associateís degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Alfred. He obtained his Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, NY. He is currently a licensed Civil Engineer in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and is a member of the National Society of Civil Engineers.
Prior to joining the City, Lehman was the Technical Manager at the Chautauqua County Landfill in Ellery, NY, where he was responsible for new cell construction and closure and environmental compliance.
Lehman sits on the Jamestown Planning Commission, is President of the Jamestown Community Improvements Corporation and is a member of the Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series Board of the Directors.
The board member and his wife Marilyn Fiore-Lehman, Corporation Counsel for the City of Jamestown, are the parents of four daughters and one son.
Ralph W. Wallace
Mayor Sam Teresi appointed Ralph W. Wallace to a two-year term on the Board of Public Utilities in 2016, and reappointed him to a second two-year term in 2018.
A Jamestown resident, Wallace is employed at Cummins, Inc. In the past, he worked as Production Manager of Coronado Stone Products, as Operations Manager of Jamestown Metal Product and as Purchasing Manager, Production Manager and Plant Manager of CAE Ultrasonics from 1994-2000. From 1991-94, he was employed at Jamestown Sterling Corporation where he worked as Materials Manager, Production Manager and General Manager. In addition, he served at Visu-Wall Storage Systems as Production Manager and Plant Manager.
Wallace earned his Associates Degree in Business Administration at Jamestown Community College and his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Wallace is a member of the City of Jamestown Budget Advisory Committee.
Martha A. Zenns
Jamestown City Mayor Sam Teresi reappointed Ms. Zenns to a two-year term on the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities effective January, 2018, after she first served her four-year term from 2014-2017.
Ms. Zenns is a Jamestown Community College (JCC) Professor who is a long-time City resident. She currently is a member of the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency (JURA) and previously served as chairperson of the City of Jamestown Planning Commission.
Ms. Zenns earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics from St. Bonaventure University where she later took additional coursework through its Masters of Business Administration Program. In addition, Ms. Zenns completed a Masters of Arts in Economics and Finance at the State University of Binghamton.
Since 1986, Ms. Zenns has taught many different JCC courses including Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Marketing, Contemporary Economic Problems, Global Business and Introduction to Business and Personal Finance. During her JCC career, Ms. Zenns has been honored with the Faculty Award for Excellence; the Community Service Award Ė AIDS Community Service of Western New York; the Presidentís Award for Excellence; and the SUNY Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Ms. Zennsí professional growth has included conferences and study trips to Europe and Asia. She has served as a Reader/Table Leader for Advance Placement Exams in Macroeconomics for Educational Testing Services and as a member of the Macro and Micro Economics Examination Test Development Committee for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
Ms. Zenns lives in Jamestown with her husband Gilbert Lindahl.