Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the State Senate confirmed former Governor David Paterson to serve as a member of the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Labor (DOL), and Jerry Boone as Commissioner and President of the Civil Service Commission.
"New York State is gaining experience, skilled leadership, and extensive knowledge of state government with the confirmation of these three consummate professionals," said Governor Cuomo. "Governor Paterson, Assemblyman Rivera and Jerry all bring a vast understanding of the public and private sectors that will be essential to my administration as we continue to make New York state government more effective and efficient for the people. I thank Majority Leader Skelos, Senators DeFrancisco, Fuschillo, Golden, Robach, Krueger, Dilan, Perkins and Peralta for their comprehensive review and swift confirmation process."
Former Governor David Paterson said, "It is with a great deal of respect and honor that I thank Governor Cuomo and the State Senate for appointing me to the MTA Board. I am proud that I am able to dedicate my time and skills to help New York State be even more efficient, effective, and continue making New York work once again."
Assemblyman Peter Rivera said, "I am honored to be confirmed by State Senate to hold such a significant role in New York State government. I am looking forward to joining the team at the Department of Labor so that we can continue to stimulate growth in the economy, create jobs, and protect workers across the state. I am positive that with Governor Cuomos strong insight, the Department of Labor will continue to strengthen New York."
Jerry Boone said, "I am thankful to both Governor Cuomo and the State Senate for appointing me to act as Commissioner and President of the Civil Service Commission. Its an honor to hold such a prestigious position and to have the opportunity to be actively involved in the workforce management of New York State. I am pleased that I can continue to dedicate my work to the people of New York."
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, said, "Governor David Paterson is a devoted public official who served our state for over 25 years as a State Senator, Lieutenant Governor, and Governor. His experience gives him a unique understanding of the challenges facing the MTA and the importance of continuing to reform the MTA so that it is more accountable, transparent, and efficient. I commend Governor Cuomo on this nomination and look forward to working with Governor Paterson in his new position."
Senator Joe Robach, Chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, said, "I congratulate Peter Rivera and look forward to continue working with him to benefit the working men, women and families in New York."
Senator Martin Malav Dilan, Ranking Member of the Senate Transportation Committee, said, "It goes without saying former Governor David Paterson is familiar with the struggles facing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and would certainly be a welcomed addition to the board. I commend Governor Cuomo for selecting someone whose particular skill set and experience will contribute greatly to the MTAs continued success."
Senator Jose Peralta, Ranking Member of the Senate Labor Committee, said, "I congratulate Peter Rivera on his well-earned appointment and confirmation and applaud Governor Cuomo for his thoughtful selection. As he has throughout his distinguished career, Commissioner Rivera will serve with great intelligence and lead with extraordinary character and conviction. His tenure will no doubt be a source of great pride to Latinos throughout the state."
Senator Bill Perkins, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Civil Service and Pensions, said, "I congratulate Mr. Boone on his confirmation and commend the Governor for nominating such a well-qualified candidate. I look forward to working with Mr. Boone in the future as he assumes his role at the State Civil Service Commission."
Governor Paterson was the 55th Governor of New York State. Prior to becoming governor, he served in the New York State Senate for over twenty years, becoming Senate Minority Leader in 2003, and served as Lieutenant Governor.
Assemblyman Rivera is currently the Speaker Pro Tempore of the New York State Assembly and presides over the chamber. He has represented the people of the 76th Assembly District since 1992.
During his time as an elected official, Assemblyman Rivera has served as the chairman of the Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. As the committee chairman, he convened the Mental Hygiene Work Group to reorganize the Mental Health system in New York. Assemblyman Rivera currently sits on the New York State Assembly Committee on Rules and the Judiciary Committee, as well as the committees on Agriculture, and Consumer Affairs and Protection. In addition, Assemblyman Rivera is the former Chairman of the Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force. As the highest-ranking Latino in the Assembly, he has fought for the Hispanic community by advocating for such issues as improved quality in education, the strengthening of bilingual education, increased access to healthcare and AIDS-related funding, and the establishment of a Puerto Rican heritage center at a newly renovated Bronx office of the New York Public Library.
Prior to his election, Assemblyman Rivera was the President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and was able to successfully increase the number of Hispanic judges in New York.
Previously, Assemblyman Rivera served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Homicide Bureau in the Bronx. He earned his J.D. from St. Johns Law School before serving this position.
Before attending St. Johns Law School, Assemblyman Rivera was a Federal Agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.), where he played a key role in Operation Eagle, which, at the time, was the largest federal narcotics operation in the United States. He started his career as a police officer in the South Bronx and then went on to become a detective where he served as the NYPD's radio and television spokesperson on issues relevant to the Hispanic community.
Assemblyman Rivera earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Pace College. He was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and immigrated to New York City when he was a child. Assemblyman Rivera currently lives in the Bronx and has two children.
Mr. Boone is currently the Managing Principal of Boone Consulting, where he has helped develop human resources and operations infrastructure.
Previously, Mr. Boone founded Pride Properties, LLC, in 2008, a company based in Memphis, Tennessee, focused on the acquisition and rehabilitation of distressed properties to develop quality, affordable housing for sale or rental to lower to middle income households. Mr. Boone still serves as President of the organization, which also offers financial counseling provided for first-time home buyers.
Prior to his founding of Pride Properties, Mr. Boone was the Regional Human Resources, Integration, and Internal Communications Senior Vice President of Harrahs Entertainment, INC from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Boone was in charge of the transition and integration of three acquired casinos into the Harrahs brand. Mr. Boone has also served as the Corporate Senior Vice President, the Vice President of Human Resources, the Vice President of Casino Operations, and the Vice President of Gaming Executive Development and Corporate Counsel, all for the Harrahs company.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Boone served as the Solicitor General in the New York State Attorney Generals Office from 1991 to 1994. He was the States chief appellate lawyer, litigation manager, and bond counsel. Prior to his tenure as Solicitor General, Mr. Boone was the Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the Real Property Bureau in New York City and Albany, as well as Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Bureau, from 1984-1991.
Mr. Boone received his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.A. from Columbia College.
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