Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of CH Energy Group, Inc. (CH Energy) has appointed Anthony S. Campagiorni as assistant vice president of governmental affairs and economic development, effective February 1, 2009. Campagiorni will take the responsibilities for the utility’s governmental affairs activities and will also be charged with leading its efforts to magnetize new employers to the region through successful economic development programs.

“In five years at the helm of HVEDC, Anthony distinguished himself as a dynamic innovator who established and then led what became a nationally recognized economic development organization for our nine-county region,” said Steven V. Lant, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of CH Energy Group in announcing Campagiorni’s appointment. “His work at HVEDC helped create an estimated 10,000 jobs and fill more than 5 million square feet of commercial space. Most importantly, however, he proved that he can bring people together and mobilize the resources necessary to effect meaningful, measurable progress. We look forward to the many contributions he will bring to Central Hudson on behalf of its customers and shareholders.”

Lant, who chairs the HVEDC management council, said that one of Campagiorni’s first tasks will be to lead a search committee to spot both a successor and a transition plan for HVEDC, for which Central Hudson has been a main sponsor since its launch in 2003.

Campagiorni’s prior professional experience includes: director, World Trade Center Business Recovery for the Empire State Development Corporation 2002-03, in which he marketed New York State’s $800 million small business recovery programs; Manager, economic development program, Mirant Corporation 2001-02, in which he not only worked to attract new businesses to the Hudson valley but also lobbied state officials regarding critical business issues; and director, business development, Empire State Development Corporation, 1998-2001, in which he negotiated and obtained more than $3 billion in new investments and 5,200 new jobs.

A legal representative admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and the United States district Court, Campagiorni holds a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law, as well as a Masters in public administration from Marist College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University. He and his wife Jo-Ann live in Fishkill with their twin two-year-old daughters.

Campagiorni will report to Denise Doring VanBuren, vice president of public affairs and energy efficiency; John P. Glusko, director of governmental affairs and economic development, will report to Campagiorni.