Thursday, March 22, 2018

Puerto Rico electric utility board member and Ports director resigns

By on March 9, 2018

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló accepted Friday the resignation of Omar Marrero as executive director of the Ports Authority and member of the Electric Power Authority’s (Prepa) governing board.

To fill the vacancies, the governor recommended Anthony Maceira Zayas to Ports’ board and María Palou to the public power company’s board.

Marrero will continue to lead the newly created Central Recovery and Reconstruction Office (OCRR by its Spanish initials) attached to the Public-Private Partnerships Authority. In addition, he will act as the authorized representative of the governor before the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to a release.

Omar Marrero, on right, answers questions from the press alongside, from right, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marín and FEMA Coordinating Officer Mike Byrne. (Courtesy photo)

“I am honored by the trust placed by Governor Rosselló Nevares in such important appointments and I will assume them with the greatest responsibility. However, in order to fully comply with these responsibilities of utmost importance for Puerto Rico and its Administration, I am obliged to present my resignation effective March 9,” Marrero said after his resignations.

Marrero will continue to head the Public-Private Partnerships Authority and the Convention Center District Authority.

“Our thanks to Omar Marrero for his great work in the Ports Authority and in the Governing Board of PREPA. We recognize that the work he has in charge of the Central Recovery and Reconstruction Office and as my authorized representative before FEMA is very important and necessary to build a more resilient and sustainable Puerto Rico,” the governor said.

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Regarding the new officials recommended to lead the Ports Authority and form part of Prepa’s governing board, the governor thanked both for making themselves available for public service.

“Maceira Zayas and Palou are two enthusiastic professionals who join the Government to contribute their knowledge and their desire to reinvent a more dynamic, efficient public service and at the service of the citizenry,” Rosselló said.

Maceira Zayas received a juris doctorate from Universidad Interamericana of Puerto Rico. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, and served as a legislative adviser before becoming a private practice trial lawyer.

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“I thank Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares for trusting me for this great task. The passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria evinced the importance of having resistant and resilient ports. My commitment is to continue optimizing port operations, turn the island into a multi-port destination, improve services to citizens and give continuity to projects that were very well directed by Mr. Marrero to comply with the governor’s public policy,” Maceira Zayas said.

Meanwhile, Palou, in addition to currently serving as an infrastructure adviser to the governor, was as a lawyer for the Construction and Lot Division Board of Appeals as well as for Puerto Rico’s Telecommunications Regulatory Board. Subsequently, she headed the Planning Board’s legal division and in November 2010 was named chairperson of the Permits and Land Use Review Board.

“It is an honor that Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares is confident in my work to join the Governing Board of PREPA at a time when the public corporation will face radical changes that seek to improve service,” said Palou.

Both recommendations must be confirmed by the respective boards.