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The Director of the Center for Regional Advancement at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia has been named as a member of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU).
Chuck Cornell of Jamestown fills the unexpired term left vacant by Fred Larson’s resignation to become a Jamestown City Court Judge.
Cornell served two terms in the Chautauqua County Legislature representing the north side of the City. Prior to his election, he served 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.
As an adjunct faculty member of Fredonia and Jamestown Community College, Cornell has instructed courses in Public Speaking, American Politics, Interpersonal Communications, Business Communications, Media and Politics, New York Government and Environmental Policy.
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. Cornell is active in Jamestown Area Babe Ruth Baseball and YMCA Youth Basketball. 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 Master’s 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.