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NY panel investigating utilities gets director

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The commission appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to investigate utilities' preparation and response to Superstorm Sandy has selected an official from hard hit Long Island as executive director.

Regina Calcaterra, an attorney, will take a temporary leave as chief deputy to Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, where she focused on storm recovery.

The Moreland Commission's co-chairmen are ex-New York Attorney General Robert Abrams and Benjamin Lawsky, Cuomo's superintendent of financial services.

The commission, which also plans public hearings, says its next meeting, on Nov. 30, will be open to the public.

At its first meeting Tuesday, it established a subcommittee led by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice to investigate preparation and response.

Another subcommittee, headed by former Public Service Commission Chairman Peter Bradford, will review utility and regulatory structures.