The Water Authority is governed by a five member Board of Directors. Each member is appointed to a five year term and appointments are staggered. Appointments are made by the Town of Clifton Park Board and the chairman is appointed by the Town Supervisor each January first for one year.

Helmut Gerstenberger, Chairman

Mr. Gerstenberger has been a resident of Clifton Park since 1971, and is a 1979 graduate of Shenendehowa High School. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University at Albany. He is currently employed by First Niagara Bank. Helmut has been a board member since 2002. He was named Chairman in 2005. Helmut and his wife, Ginger, have four children.


John Ryan

John Ryan has been a resident of Clifton Park since 1994. He holds a B.A. in Economics/Business Administration from the State University of New York, College of Arts and Sciences at Plattsburgh. He is Sales VP - ATT Premier Client Group. John has 20 plus years of business experience and has held progressive leadership assignments throughout his career. He has held numerous positions in Sales, Operations and Management across Upstate N.Y. and New England. John has been a board member since 2008 and has been a resident of Clifton Park for the past 14 years. He and his wife Donna have two children.

George Peterson

Mr. Peterson has been a resident of Clifton Park since 1971. He has an Associates degree in Business Administration from SCCC. George spent 25 years as a manager at Verizon, supervising up to 20 employees at a time in various operational, administrative and staff positions. He was appointed to the CPWA Board on January 3, 2011. Prior to being appointed to the Clifton Park Water Authority Board he was a member of, and later chairman of, the Rexford Water District Advisory Committee from 1989 to 2006. George and his wife Patricia have 5 adult children and 9 grandchildren.

Peter Taubkin

Peter Taubkin has been a resident of Clifton Park since 1996 and joined the CPWA board in May 2012. He is Director of External Relations and Corporate Communications for The Research Foundation for The State University of New York. Prior to that Peter spent 16 years in the cable industry as Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for Time Warner Cable’s Albany Division. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Waterville, ME and JD from New England School of Law in Boston, MA. Peter and his wife Kathy have two children.

Bill Butler

Bill Butler has been a resident of Clifton Park since 1986. He holds a B.S. in Accounting and MBA from Monmouth University in New Jersey. Currently he is a Program Manager of Industrial Programs for Groundwater and Environmental Services, an environmental remediation projects firm. Bill brings more than 33 years of sales, strategic planning and management experience to the position. He and his wife Camille have two grown, married children.


Donald J. Austin Jr., Administrator

Mr. Austin has been with the Clifton Park Water Authority since February 1992. He spent three years as the Chief Plant Operator, and two as the Deputy Administrator prior to taking over the role of Administrator in late 2002. Don has an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. He has also completed a number of business related courses at Hudson Valley Community College. Don has been a resident of Clifton Park since 1972. He and his wife Kelly have two daughters.