Governor David A. Paterson has accepted the resignation of James McDonough, Jr., as the Director of the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs.
"During Jim's tenure as Director of the Division of Veterans' Affairs he aggressively and successfully led the Division forward in service to New York's veterans and their families," Governor Paterson said. "In the two and a half years under Jim's leadership, the Division dramatically increased the amount of federal benefits awarded to New York's veterans and their families. I thank him for his service to New York's veterans, and wish him well in his future endeavors."
Director McDonough said: "It has been a profound honor and privilege to serve New York's veterans and their families as Director of the Division of Veterans' Affairs and for that, I'd like to thank Governor Paterson and his Administration for their support."
Director McDonough's resignation will be effective on June 15, at which time William A. Kraus will assume the role of Acting Director. Mr. Kraus has served as the Division's Executive Deputy Director since January 2008. Prior to working for the Division, Mr. Kraus was employed by the New York State Assembly, Department of Labor and the Office of General Services. Mr. Kraus has a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany. In January 2009, Kraus retired from the United States Navy Reserve at the rank of Commander.