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First cut made to PSC pool



The Public Service Commission Nominating Council met Tuesday and cut the list of applicants to serve on the powerful five-seat regulatory body from 46 to 12.

The open seat is currently occupied by Lisa Edgar and pays $133,000 a year. Edgar, a Gov. Jeb Bush appointee, reapplied and made the first cut.

Another finalist is former state Rep. Luis Rojas of Hialeah, a Republican and registered lobbyist for Wal-Mart, Florida Crystals Corp. (sugar) and Hartman & Tyner (pari-mutuels).

Three of the finalists have been finalists before. Manuel Arisso, Michael Palecki and Jeremy Susac made the cut this year, but they also applied and had been picked as finalists last year. Here are the rest of this year's finalists: William Buffo, Robert Clarke, William Torres, Myra Buttacavoli, Susan Zaccheo, William Dawson and Michael Panek.

The PSC nominating council will meet again on August 29 in Orlando to interview applicants.

The nominating council is made up of lawmakers and citizens who will recommend three finalists to Gov. Charlie Crist for a four-year term. The Tuesday nominating council meeting was the first to be run by the council's new chief, Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:05am]


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