April 2, 2015

Governor Cuomo Announces Administration Appointments

Governor Cuomo Announces Administration Appointments

Governor Cuomo today announced nine appointments to his administration, building his second term team to implement his bold agenda.

“These individuals’ talents and skills will be valuable to our administration’s ongoing efforts to move New York forward,” Governor Cuomo said. “Their years of experience and dedication to their respective fields will help us continue to ensure fairness and opportunity for all New Yorkers, and I welcome them to the team.”

Catherine Leahy Scott has been appointed Workers’ Compensation Fraud Inspector General, a position she will hold in addition to her role as Acting Welfare Inspector General and New York State Inspector General, to which she was recently reappointed. She previously served as First Deputy Inspector General, overseeing the office’s operations, supervised and managed the agency’s caseload, and represented the office before the State Commission on Forensic Science. Prior to this role, she served as Assistant Attorney General for New York State and spent five years in the general practice of law as a sole practitioner in Columbia County. She served for more than thirteen years at the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, eight of which as Chief Assistant District Attorney. Prior to this, she was Columbia County Assistant Public Defender. Ms. Leahy Scott has a B.A. from Hofstra University and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.

Vincent Bradley has been nominated to serve as Chairman of the New York State Liquor Authority. Mr. Bradley previously served as Assistant Attorney General in Charge at the Poughkeepsie Regional Office of the New York State Attorney General, managing all operations of the regional office. Prior to this role, he was Senior Investigative Counsel for the Labor Racketeering/Construction Industry Strike Force for the New York County District Attorney’s Office and, prior, Assistant District Attorney for the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York. He worked in the private sector for a number of years as well as the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 3rd Department. Mr. Bradley has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. This nomination requires Senate confirmation.

Jeffrey Pearlman has been appointed Chief of Staff and Counsel for Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. Mr. Pearlman previously served as Chief of Staff to Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the State Senate Democratic Conference. Before working for the Senate, he served as Of Counsel in the Government and Litigation practices of Greenberg Traurig LLP, an international, multi-practice law firm. Prior to that, he held numerous positions in state government, including in the New York State Executive Chamber as Assistant Counsel to former Governor David A. Paterson, Counsel to the New York State Lieutenant Governor, and several capacities in the New York State Senate and Assembly. Mr. Pearlman has a B.A. from State University of New York at New Paltz and a J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.

Mark Wade has been appointed Executive Director of the Worker’s Compensation Board. Mr. Wade currently serves as Deputy Superintendent of Property & Casualty Insurance at the New York State Department of Financial Services, a position he will be transitioning out of to assume his new role. Previously, Mr. Wade served as Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Claims Officer at Arch Insurance Group, where he directed all strategic and operational initiatives for a $5 billion claims portfolio across property, casualty, commercial liability and specialty insurance lines of business. Prior to this role, he was Vice President of Specialties Claims for Zurich North America and Assistant Vice President of Marsh USA. Mr. Wade has a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from University of Pittsburgh Law School.

Charles Fields has been appointed Deputy Secretary of State for Business and Licensing. Mr. Fields previously served as Senior Consulting Manager at Satori Consulting, where he consulted Celgene Corporation, a publicly-traded biotechnology company focused on future technology and business capabilities. He has also held leadership roles in other industries where he managed projects to tackle operational, market, and systemic risk-related issues. He designed solutions and collaborated with internal teams, external vendors, and partners to define policies and regulations, craft product launch plans, and deliver brand enhancements and profitability improvement. Mr. Fields has a B.A. from Boston University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He has lived and worked abroad in Africa, Europe, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Robyn Adair has been appointed Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk and Compliance for the Department of Environmental Conservation. Ms. Adair previously served as Assistant Counsel in the Office of General Counsel for the New York State Department of Public Service, where she negotiated penalty settlements and drafted settlement agreements with public utilities and worked with agency staff to investigate natural gas incidents in New York. Prior to this position, she served as Special Counsel to the Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response, which Governor Cuomo convened to investigate the utilities’ response in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. She formerly worked as enforcement attorney for the Office of Public Protection and the Bureau of Water in General Counsel’s Office for the State Department of Environmental Conservation and began her career in the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Adair has a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.

Justin Levin has been appointed Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk and Compliance for the Department of Health. Mr. Levin previously served as Assistant Special Counsel and, prior, FOIL Counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo. He was Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Bureau of the State Counsel Division for the New York Office of the Attorney General. He began his career serving the New York Court of Appeals, as a law clerk and culminating in Principal Court Attorney. Mr. Levin has a B.A. from Saint John Fisher College and a J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.

Lindsey Boylan has been appointed Vice President of Business Development for Empire State Development. Ms. Boylan previously served as Vice President of Municipal Finance Client Strategy at RBC Capital Markets where she oversaw all brand promotion and client strategy for the company’s Municipal Finance Group. She held a number of roles with the Bryant Park Corporation, 34th Street Partnership and Chelsea Improvement Company, culminating in Director of Business Affairs. She was also a project manager for Alex Garvin & Associates, Inc., Planning and Design. Ms. Boylan has a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Saadia Chaudhry has been appointed Director of Customer Experience for the Executive Chamber. In this role, she will help drive a range of high-priority projects to improve customer service for citizens and businesses. Previously, she held a number of positions at New York City’s 311 Contact Center, most recently as Customer Strategy Director, overseeing all aspects of customer experience and quality across multi-channel platforms, and, prior, as Contact Center Director and Director of Training & Quality. Ms. Chaudhry has a B.S. from Binghamton University.

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