Capital New York:
For the third consecutive day, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced appointments within his administration and also said he would nominate Floyd Flake, an influential black pastor, to the state's Public Service Commission.
Flake, a former congressman and pastor of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in southeast Queens, has long been politically friendly to Cuomo, encouraging him to run for governor ahead of David Paterson in 2010 and welcoming him to a Sunday service last fall.
The Public Service Commission regulates utilities, including electrical and cable companies. It's unclear what experience Flake has in these areas.
His appointment requires Senate confirmation.