Mesa Energy Holdings announced that former New York Governor George E. Pataki has been named to the Company's Advisory Board. Governor Pataki joins Jeffrey A. Chadwick and Arthur J. Pyron on the Advisory Board, and, together, they will work with executive management to provide subject matter expertise and strategic guidance to help the Company best capitalize on the development of its Java Field prospect in Wyoming County in western New York.
"Assembling an Advisory Board with distinguished industry and political leaders will be instrumental in providing the Company with guidance, support and strategic direction," said CEO of Mesa Energy Holdings, Randy M. Griffin. "I am honored that Governor Pataki has accepted a position on our Advisory Board and I believe his distinctive background and wealth of experience will be a major asset for us."
Governor Pataki joined the law firm Chadbourne and Parke, LLP in 2007 as Counsel, focusing on that firm’s environmental, energy and infrastructure practice areas. The Governor also is the founder and Chairman of Pataki-Cahill Group, a consulting firm concentrating on climate change, energy and the environment.
Prior to joining Chadbourne & Parke and starting the Pataki-Cahill Group, he served three terms as the 53rd governor of New York State, from 1995 through 2006. He was a partner in the New York law firm of Plunkett & Jaffe until 1987. He was elected mayor of Peekskill, New York in 1981, and served in the New York State Legislature as an assemblyman and then a senator from 1985 to 1994, before becoming governor.
Widely know for his protection of over one million acres of open space, the most since Teddy Roosevelt, Governor Pataki balanced his pro-business philosophy with award-winning, cutting-edge policies in the renewable energy and environmental fields. He led the establishment of the first mandatory cap and trade carbon initiative (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative - RGGI) which now includes ten Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. The Governor implemented the first integrated strategy for creating clean, renewable transportation networks utilizing alternative fuels, including tax and other incentives for both consumers and manufacturers, grants for alternative retail fuel distribution systems and the exemption of renewable fuels from all state and local taxes.
Since joining Chadbourne & Parke, Pataki served as co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Climate Change and as United States Public Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. He is a director of the National Audubon Society and the New York Historical Society.
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