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Probe finds misconduct at NYPA under Kessel

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ALBANY — An investigation into the New York Power Authority under then-chief Richard Kessel has found ethical and financial misconduct.

Newsday says that the report released Friday by the state Inspector General's office found that Kessel failed to disclose an apparent conflict of interest.

Investigators said Kessel recommended that the power authority consider a law firm for a contract and did not disclose his own relationship with the firm.

Kessel resigned in 2011.

Newsday said Kessel declined to comment on the report. He has previously denied any wrongdoing.

The report also criticized former power authority board member Elise Cusack of Amherst.

Investigators said Cusack solicited a job for herself at the agency while serving on the board.

The Buffalo News says Cusack did not return a call seeking comment.



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