Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the following appointments to senior positions within state government.
Dennis J. Hayes will be recommended for appointment to serve as Chief Executive Deputy Director of the State Insurance Fund. Most recently, Mr. Hayes was the Special Deputy Superintendent of the New York Liquidation Bureau (NYLB). He had previously served as Assistant Special Deputy Superintendent of the NYLB, where he oversaw the Reinsurance and Estate Management Divisions, since April 2007, and held key executive positions at the NYLB since joining its staff in 1996.
Mr. Hayes has 27 years of experience as an attorney specializing in insurance, reinsurance and receivership matters. From 2001 to 2003, he was the Executive Vice President and General Council to Recovery National Corporation in Tarrytown, NY, a company specializing in identifying and recovering unrealized reinsurance.
Mr. Hayes started his career in the insurance industry in 1982 as an attorney for the New York Insurance Exchange. From 1987 to 1996, he specialized in insurance law and regulatory matters for a private firm. Mr. Hayes graduated magna cum laude from Saint Leo University in 1974 and earned his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law in 1981.
Bennett Liebman will be appointed to serve as the Deputy Secretary for Gaming and Racing. Prior to joining the Cuomo administration, Mr. Liebman was the Executive Director of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School. Under Mr. Liebman's leadership, the Government Law Center established the country's first full-time racing and gaming law program that focuses on the study of law and policy as it relates to various aspects of gaming including horse racing, Indian gaming, lottery, casino gaming and charitable gaming.
Previously, Mr. Liebman served as Counsel for the New York State Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee where he was responsible for conducting legal research for the State Assembly on all facets of legalized gambling. From 1988 to 2000 he served as Commissioner of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board that oversees horse racing, off-track betting, bingo, games of chance, and Indian casino gaming.
Mr. Liebman earned his B.A. from Union College and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Jacqueline Moody-Czub will be appointed to the position of Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and Markets. For the past four years Ms. Moody-Czub has been the Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, where she oversees the Divisions of Plant, Soil and Water, and Animal Industry. Prior to joining the Department of Agriculture and Markets in 2007, she spent 12 years working in the private sector as the Principal of JMC Associates; investigating and developing positions for clients on issues and projects related to agriculture, the environment and land use. In addition, Ms. Moody- Czub was an Associate Director at the New York Farm Bureau for three years. From 1987 to 1995, Ms. Moody-Czub worked for New York State government where she served in various capacities, including Assistant to the Commissioner at the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation and finally, Assistant Secretary to Governor, where she served as a liaison between state agencies and the Executive Chamber for three years.
Ms. Moody-Czub holds a B.S. in Agricultural Business Management from the University of Delaware.
Katie Campos will be appointed to serve as Assistant Secretary for Education. Ms. Campos is the co-founder and Executive Director of Buffalo ReformED, a not-for-profit education reform advocacy organization that empowers the community to prioritize education by putting students first. Buffalo ReformED builds and strengthens relationships between school leaders, teachers, parents, community leaders and elected officials in Buffalo. Through Buffalo ReformED, Ms. Campos has emerged as a leading parent advocate in the education reform debate in Buffalo.
Previously, Ms. Campos was the Director of Public Affairs for the New York Charter Schools Association, where she was advocated for quality Charter Schools legislation in the NYS Legislature and coordinated grassroots advocacy efforts at individual charter schools in Upstate New York. Ms. Campos also served as the Director of Development at Democrats for Education Reform, where she promoted education reform to elected officials and community groups through proactive outreach and marketing.
Ms. Campos earned her B.A. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.
"I am pleased to welcome Dennis, Bennett, Jacqueline and Katie to my administration," Governor Cuomo said. "They are each considered experts in their respective fields and will be invaluable assets to New York state government. I look forward to working with them as we make New York the Empire State once again."