Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Jerome M. Hauer as Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES).
DHSES includes the Office of Counterterrorism, Office of Cyber Security, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications, and the Office of Emergency Management. The Division is responsible for helping to prepare for and respond to terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters.
"I have repeatedly said that we must have the best state emergency management operation in the country, and with this confirmation, we have the right person to make that a reality," said Governor Cuomo. "Disaster response and homeland security are literally a matter of life and death, and Jerry Hauer has the experience and the record to create a statewide network of emergency responders to keep New Yorkers safe. I thank Majority Leader Skelos, Speaker Silver, and Senators Ball, DeFrancisco, Addabbo, and Krueger for their expeditious review and I congratulate Jerry and welcome him to my administration. "
Jerome Hauer said, "I am honored to be confirmed by the New York State Senate and thank the Governor for this opportunity to work for the safety and security of New Yorkers. Our state deserves an effective and efficient emergency service and homeland security operation that is ready to respond at a moments notice. This department provides countless vital services like fire safety and prevention and flood rescue teams, and I look forward to working with the fine men and women who have dedicated themselves to protecting the public safety of all New Yorkers and the numerous visitors who come to our state. I thank the review committees for their careful consideration."
Jerome Hauer brings almost three decades of experience in the public and private sectors, the majority of which was focused in the areas of security and emergency management. Mr. Hauer is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Hauer Group, a consulting firm that provides customized emergency management solutions to public and private clients around the world. Prior to starting the Hauer Group, Mr. Hauer served as a Co-Chair of the homeland security practice of Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations.
From 2002 to 2003, he was the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he was responsible for coordinating the country's medical and public health preparedness and response to emergencies, including acts of biological, chemical and nuclear terrorism. From 2000-2002, he was the Managing Director of the crisis and consequence management group at Kroll Associates. Mr. Hauer previously served as Director of the Office of Emergency Management in New York City from 1996-2000.
Prior to returning to New York, Mr. Hauer was also the Director of the Department of Emergency Management for the State of Indiana. During that time, he served on the Congressional Fire Caucus' Urban Search and Rescue Advisory Committee and the National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue Advisory Council. In addition, Mr. Hauer was on the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine's Committee to evaluate R&D Needs for Improved Civilian Medical Response to Chemical or Biological Terrorism Incidents. In 1990, Mr. Hauer was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, where he served for a year. From 1987 to 1989 he worked in New York City's Emergency Medical Services Department-- first as a Deputy Director and later as a Special Assistant to the Executive Director.
Mr. Hauer was Research Associate with the Harvard Medical School and Longwood Area Trauma Center from 1980 to 1983. From 1978 to 1980, Mr. Hauer was an Associate Administrator with the Red Cross Blood Services' Northeast Region. Mr. Hauer earned his B.A. from New York University in 1976 and his M.H.S. from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1978 and is currently a doctoral candidate at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom and is expected to receive his degree in 2012.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said, "Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said, We are pleased to confirm Jerome Hauer as Commissioner of the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and thank the Governor for bringing us this outstanding nomination. Jerome's expertise in emergency and crisis management will suit him well in this important position and greatly benefit the residents of this state. We look forward to working with Commissioner Hauer to take the necessary steps to ensure the continued safety and security of all New Yorkers."
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, "I have worked with Jerry Hauer for many years and I know he will be an outstanding commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and considered one of the nation's leading experts on biological and chemical terrorism, Jerry has an unmatched record of achievement in the fields of security and disaster preparedness. As New York City's director of Emergency Management from 1996 to 2000, Jerry led the city's fight against the West Nile virus. I commend Governor Cuomo for this stellar appointment and I know Jerry Hauer will serve our state with great expertise and dedication. "
Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee said, "Governor Cuomo has proven an uncanny ability to pick the exact right person for the job. This is just another example and New York will be safer because of the Governors great choice and Mr. Hauers proactive leadership. I have had several opportunities to meet with Jerome Hauer about the homeland security and emergency services concerns facing out state. In my opinion, no one is better suited to take on the challenges at hand and ensure New York is on the forefront of disaster response and homeland security."
Senator John DeFrancisco, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said, "I congratulate Jerome Hauer on his appointment as Commissioner of the State Division of Homeland Security. His extensive background and expertise in emergency services, both in the public and private sectors, will provide irreplaceable security and emergency management for the citizens of New York State. We are truly fortunate that Mr. Hauer would be willing to take on this responsibility for the citizens of New York State and I look forward to working with him. "
Senator Joseph Addabbo, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee said, "As the ranking member of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee, I look forward to working with Jerome Hauer in his role as New York's Homeland Security Commissioner. Mr. Hauer brings nearly three decades of experience in the public and private sectors, the majority of which was focused in the areas of security and emergency management. His long resume of top-level public and private sector emergency preparedness positions will greatly benefit New Yorkers. I applaud Governor Cuomo for putting forward such an excellent nomination, and on behalf of my Committee colleagues, I welcome Mr. Hauer as our new Homeland Security Chief. "
Senator Liz Krueger, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee said, "From the private sector to the New York City Office of Emergency Management to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, public safety has been Jerome Hauer's life's work. His years of experience in emergency management will serve New Yorkers well. Governor Cuomo has made an exceptionally good choice. "