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.