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Steven M. Cohen

Steven M. Cohen Secretary to the Governor

Mr. Cohen served as Counselor and Chief of Staff to New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo. Prior to joining the New York State Attorney General's Office, Mr. Cohen was a partner at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Cohen also served for a decade as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School teaching a course in federal criminal prosecutions and served as the Chair of The Mayor’s Committee on New York City Marshals. Before entering private practice, from 1991 to 1998, Mr. Cohen was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he served as Chief of the Violent Gangs Unit. Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Cohen served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stanely Sporkin, U.S. District Judge and then the Honorable Frank X. Altimari, U.S. Appellate Judge.

Mylan L. Denerstein

Mylan L. Denerstein Counsel to the Governor

Ms. Denerstein has served as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice from January 2007 to the present managing almost 100 attorneys statewide in the areas of Charities, Civil Rights, Environmental Protection, Health Care, Labor, and Tobacco Compliance. Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Denerstein served as the Deputy Fire Commissioner for Legal Affairs for the New York City Fire Department, the largest municipal fire department in the country. From 1996 - 2005, Ms. Denerstein served in the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District, first as an Assistant United States Attorney, prosecuting complex securities and insurance fraud, money laundering and organized crime. She later became Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division where she assisted in managing the Criminal Division with over 100 Assistant United States Attorneys.

Yrthya A. Dinzey-Flores Chief Diversity Officer

Ms. Dinzey-Flores previously served as Manager at the Toyota USA Foundation and Program Officer for National Philanthropy Programs at Toyota Motor North America. She also served as a community relations and philanthropic consultant for the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Prior to that she was Director of the Office of School CBO Partnerships at the New York City Department of Education, managing relationships and providing support to more than 350 community-based organizations. The Chief Diversity Officer is one of three statutorily required positions within the executive chamber, along with the Secretary and the Counsel. The Chief Diversity Officer’s task is to reform and strengthen the State’s programs and efforts encouraging the growth of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises within the state government and in the private sector.

Andrew “Drew” Zambelli Counselor to the Governor

Mr. Zambelli will serve as senior advisor to the Governor and be responsible for the oversight and strategic integration of the communications, inter-governmental, legislative and constituency efforts of the Office of the Governor. From 1985 to 1994, he served in the administration of Governor Mario M. Cuomo including as Secretary to the Governor from 1991 to 1994. Since 1995, he has been a market strategy and research consultant to corporate, political and non-profit clients including many Fortune 500 corporations. During this period, he has been affiliated with Strategic Frameworking, Inc. of Washington and Massachusetts and Summit Strategy Group, LLC which he founded in 2007.

Judge Leslie G. Leach

Judge Leslie G. Leach Appointments Secretary

Judge Leach was appointed Executive Deputy Attorney General for the Division of State Counsel in February 2007. Prior to the appointment, he had served since 2004 as the Administrative Judge of the Eleventh Judicial District, Supreme Court, Queens County. Judge Leach was appointed as a Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York by Mayor David N. Dinkins in 1993, reappointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2002, while serving as an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, and was elected a Justice of Supreme Court in November 2003. He has taught Business Law at York College, CUNY, since 1982.

Howard B. Glaser Director of State Operations and Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor

During the Clinton Administration, Mr. Glaser served in several senior management roles at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, including Counselor to the Secretary, Deputy General Counsel and Deputy Assistant Secretary. After leaving HUD, Mr. Glaser was Senior Vice President and General Counsel to the Mortgage Bankers Association in Washington, DC. At the state level, Mr. Glaser served at the Department of Taxation and Finance as Special Assistant to the Commissioner and in the Executive Chamber as Special Assistant to the Governor.

Jeremy Creelan Special Counsel for Public Integrity and Ethics Reform

Mr. Creelan is currently a partner at the law firm Jenner & Block LLP. Mr. Creelan joined Jenner & Block after serving as Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. At the Brennan Center, he developed numerous high-profile cases to reform New York’s election laws to protect voters’ rights and reduce corruption, advocated for democratic reforms in such areas as ethics and campaign finance, and published a comprehensive analysis of the legislative process in the New York State Assembly and Senate. In 1998-99, he clerked for the Honorable Denise L. Cote, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Benjamin Lawsky

Benjamin Lawsky Chief of Staff

Mr. Lawsky was appointed Deputy Counselor and Special Assistant to the Attorney General in January 2007. In the Attorney General's Office, Mr. Lawsky led the nationwide investigation of the student loan industry and oversaw the investigations of Wall Street bonuses and the Bank of America-Merrill Lynch merger. Mr. Lawsky also served as General Counsel of the Cuomo 2010 campaign. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, Mr. Lawsky served from late 2001 until 2007 as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted securities fraud, organized crime, and terrorism cases. Prior to that, Mr. Lawsky was Chief Counsel to Senator Charles E. Schumer. From 1997 to 1999, he was a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice in Washington.

Adam Cohen Special Policy Advisor

Mr. Cohen is a Lecturer at Yale Law School and a fellow at the Yale Information Society Project. He was a member of the New York Times Editorial Board from 2002-2010, and before that, a journalist and a lawyer, a law fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, and a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is the author of Nothing to Fear: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America and The Perfect Store: Inside eBay, and the co-author of American Pharaoh: Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation."

Sabrina M. Ty Deputy Secretary of Legislative Affairs

Sabrina M. Ty will serve as Deputy Secretary of Legislative Affairs. Ty currently serves as Legislative Counsel to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, responsible for overseeing the development of all major programmatic legislation and directing a team of 90 program and counsel staff in all legislative negotiations. Ty also plays a lead role in annual budget negotiations — particularly in the areas of education, higher education, economic development, MTA and DOT capital, public authority financing and bonding. A member of the Assembly staff since 1995, Ty served as Deputy Counsel, Legislative Coordinator and Associate Counsel to the Assembly Education and Higher Education Committees prior to becoming Legislative Counsel in 2007. A graduate of Albany Law School and McGill University, Ty began her career as an attorney at the law firm of Couch, White, Brenner, Howard & Feigenbaum and later served as a government relations representative for the New York State School Boards Association. She lives in Clifton Park, New York, with her husband and son.

Linda A. Lacewell Special Assistant to the Governor

Linda A. Lacewell will serve as Special Assistant to the Governor. Ms. Lacewell is currently Special Counsel to the Attorney General and head of the Attorney General’s Healthcare Industry Taskforce. Linda was initially appointed in April 2007 as Counsel for Economic and Social Justice. Ms. Lacewell spent nine years prior as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, including two years on detail to the Enron Task Force of the United States Department of Justice.