Albany, NY (February 13, 2012)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced his selection of former Monroe County District Attorney Mike Green to serve as Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).
"With 25 years of experience as a prosecutor, Mike Green will bring valuable expertise in fighting crime and protecting New Yorkers to state government," Governor Cuomo said. "His knowledge and understanding of the challenges in reducing violent crime in Rochester and Monroe County will help us make communities across New York State a safer place to live."
Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy said, "As both formerly the Mayor and Police Chief of the City of Rochester, I had the honor of working side by side with Mike Green as the Monroe District Attorney. The Governor could have appointed no finer public servant than Mike Green to help promote public safety in New York State."
Mr. Green served as Monroe County District Attorney from 2003 to 2011. Prior to being elected District Attorney, Green served as an Assistant District Attorney for 17 years, including three years as First Assistant District Attorney where he was responsible for homicide prosecutions in Monroe County. He has also served as Capital Crimes Prosecutor, Deputy Chief of the Major Felony Bureau, Chief of the DWI Bureau, and trial attorney in the Major Felony Bureau.
A native of Henrietta, New York, Mr. Green is a graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse and the Western New England College School of Law.
Mike Green said, "My entire career I have worked to reduce crime and make Monroe County a safer place by promoting a strategic approach that relies on crime analysis and that engages not only cops and prosecutors but all members of the community in our common work of reducing crime. I am honored to be selected by Governor Cuomo to serve in this most important role."
Senator Mike Nozzolio, Chairman of the Senate's Crime Victims and Crime and Corrections Committee, said, "Throughout his tenure as Monroe County District Attorney, Mike Green demonstrated a great commitment to increasing crime prevention efforts.
Mike worked closely with District Attorneys across New York State to advocate for victims of crime. His extensive experience and knowledge of the criminal justice system will serve our State well. As Chairman of the Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee, I look forward to working with Mike in this new capacity to strengthen our State’s law enforcement efforts, provide further support to crime victims and keep our citizens and communities safe."
Assemblyman Jeffrion L. Aubry, Chairman of the Assembly's Committee on Correction, said, "Governor Cuomo is right to select Mike Green as Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services. For decades Mr. Green has fought to make our streets safer and protect New Yorkers. I look forward to working together with Mr. Green and the administration to improve our state's criminal justice system to better serve our citizens."
Assemblyman Joseph Morelle said, "I applaud the Governor for selecting Mike Green as Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services. Mike's extraordinary dedication to justice and public safety made him one of the finest DAs in the state, and I know he will distinguish himself in this role as well."
Dwayne Mahoney, the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club in Rochester, said, "I want to thank the Governor for appointing Mike Green. As the Monroe District Attorney, he not only understood public safety, but the importance of focusing on literacy and diversion efforts for our at risk kids. Monroe’s loss is the state’s gain."
Monroe County Sheriff, Patrick O'Flynn, said, "I applaud Governor Cuomo's selection of Mike Green. As a prosecutor in Monroe County for over 25 years, Mike worked to implement innovative policies to promote public safety and protect the people of Monroe County. His skill and dedication can now benefit all New Yorkers."