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Former Rep. Tim Bishop has been named a board member of the state Environmental Facilities Corp., an unpaid post. The public benefit corporation provides financing for sewers and other environmental projects statewide.

The six-term congressman was named to the seven-member board of the EFC, which has provided $17 billion in low cost financing and technical expertise for sewer, water and other environmental infrastructure projects.

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The Southampton Demcorat's appointment by Gov,. Andrew M. Cuomo was approved by the State Senate before the end of its session last month. Bishop was sworn in June 29. He will take part in his first meeting in August.

While terms are normally six years, Bishop's initial appointment lasts until December 2019 because he is filling the remainder of the term of banker Joseph Branca, who stepped down from the board in 2009. The position has remained vacant until now. Bishop is the board's sole Long Island member. "I hope I can bring a Long Island perspective to the board," said Bishop.