Commission Board and Bios
Commissioner of the Albany Port District Commission appointed by the Governor in April 2015, she was first appointed to the board in 2012. Georgette Steffens has been the Executive Director of the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the vitality and vibrancy of New York’s Capital City, since 2009. In her current capacity she has overseen the marketing of and visual improvements to Downtown, office attraction and retention programs, residential conversion incentive programs, and special events targeted to draw visitors to the Downtown area.
Prior to accepting the position with the Downtown Albany BID Georgette served as the Director of Operations for Triad Consulting Group of Cambridge, Massachusetts, a 15 year old consulting firm with over $3 million in sales that specializes in communication and negotiation. Ms. Steffens streamlined their internal processes and was responsible for human resources, marketing, and the expansion of the company with a new location in London.
Previously, Ms. Steffens worked for the City of Albany, serving as Director of the Albany HomeStore. Her accomplishments there included the development and implementation of an Employer Assisted Housing Program for local colleges and a down-payment assistance program for prospective homeowners. Georgette also served as an Economic Developer for the City of Albany with her main focus being on Downtown and waterfront redevelopment, with the pedestrian bridge that crosses I-787 to connect Downtown to the waterfront as one of her main projects.
She is a Board member on both the New York State Urban Council and the Albany Roundtable. She is also a member of the Steffens Scleroderma Center Advisory Board.
Appointed to the Albany Port District Commission in 2009. Commissioner Tagliento, a successful small-business owner, operated and owned Tagliento's Deli in Rensselaer for over forty-five years. He is Commissioner of the Rensselaer Water Department as well as the Commissioner of Public Works. Commissioner Tagliento serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee.
Joseph E. Coffey, Jr., P.E.
Appointed Commissioner of the City of Albany Department of Water and Water Supply in January 2014. In this role, he is responsible for the leadership, management, operation and maintenance of the City of Albany’s water source, treatment and distribution system; the combined sewer system; and administration of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit program. licensed NYS Professional Engineer, Joe has held Executive Leadership and Management positions for over 35 years with several Environmental and Engineering Consulting firms and was also the Executive Director of the University Heights Association, a not for profit consortium of the Albany Medical Center, the Albany Law School, the Albany College of Pharmacy and the Sage Colleges created to enhance the academic mission of each institution through campus expansion and renovation, shared business services, integration of technology, economic development, neighborhood revitalization and program development and management. Joe has also served on many professional, business and community Boards.
Joe holds a BS Degree in Engineering from Boston University and a MEng Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His thesis topic was “Water Quality of Saratoga Lake” and his technical expertise is in Environmental Engineering.
Noelle M. Kinsch
Noelle was appointed to the Albany Port District Commission in 2015. Commissioner Kinsch is General Counsel for Avangrid Networks, Inc. where she provides legal advice to electric and gas utilities, develops regulatory/legal strategy and represents clients on a wide variety of matters before state public utility commissions and other state agencies. Noelle was an Albany County Legislator for the 6th District from January 2012 to 2015 and was a partner in the Law Firm of Dewey & Leboeuf from January 2008 to March 2012, and was with the firm since 1996. Noelle is a graduate of Albany Law School and Union College. Commissioner Kinsch serves as a President of Albany’s National Little League.