September 24, 2015
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Administration Appointments

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the following appointments to his administration, adding to a team committed to implementing his bold agenda.

“These individuals bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge, and I am proud to welcome them to this administration," Governor Cuomo said. "I thank them for their commitment to public service and I look forward to working with them to keep moving New York forward."

Roberta Reardon will be nominated as Commissioner of the Department of Labor. Previously, Ms. Reardon served as Special Liaison for Common Sense Economics at AFL-CIO, and as Founding Co-President of SAG-AFTRA, a 165,000 member union for the entertainment industry. She was the National President of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), and is a member on the Board of Trustees for the AFTRA Health and Retirement Fund, the Actors Fund of America, and New York City Labor Council, as well as a Fellow of the Workers Institute of Cornell University. Ms. Reardon holds a B.A. from the University of Wyoming.

David Contreras Turley has been appointed Director of Constituency Affairs. Prior, Mr. Turley served as the Associate Regional Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign where he worked to pass marriage equality successfully in New York, Rhode Island, and Maryland. As Field Director for the New York marriage campaign effort, Mr. Turley and his team led the historic grassroots program that produced over 125,000 constituent contacts into priority legislative offices. He worked as the Director of LGBT Outreach for Cy Vance's campaign for Manhattan District Attorney. In 2008, he organized for Hillary Clinton's first presidential campaign, and then for the Colorado Democratic Party to elected President Obama where he was involved in the unprecedented voter registration drive and get-out-the-vote effort in the Latino community. Mr. Turley is a Coro Leadership New York alumni and served as a founding board member for the Young Professionals' Council for Choice of NARAL Pro-Choice New York. Mr. Turley has a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Economics from Vanderbilt University.



Sherry Hwang Rodriguez has been appointed Senior Policy Advisor for Labor & Workforce within the Executive Chamber. Ms. Rodriguez joined the Administration as an Excelsior Service Fellow in September 2013 and served as FOIL Counsel since April 2014. During law school, she worked in her school's Community Economic Development Clinic and interned at the New York City Council, National Financial Partners, and Samsung C&T. Prior to law school, Ms. Rodriguez served as Youth Department Specialist at Asian American Community Services, where she wrote grants and oversaw leadership and mentoring/tutoring programs for at-risk Asian American youth. Ms. Rodriguez also worked as an Executive Assistant at NuVision Federal Credit Union and at Spencer Stuart. Ms. Rodriguez holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a B.S. in psychology from The Ohio State University.

Catalina Cruz has been appointed Special Assistant for Labor and Workforce, and will serve as the Director of the Exploited Workers Task Force and the Joint Enforcement Task Force on Employee Misclassification. Ms. Cruz most recently served as the Counsel to the Immigration Committee at the New York City Council, where she worked on the oversight of the Key to the City outreach program, the Unaccompanied Minors Initiative and the implementation of New York City's municipal identification program (IDNYC). Previously,‎ she served as Counsel to the Division of Immigrant Affairs (DIPA) at the New York State Department of Labor. As Counsel to DIPA, she managed the Agency's anti-human trafficking efforts. Before working with the State, she was a Staff Attorney at the Goddard Riverside SRO Law Project, representing low income rent stabilized tenants. She serves on the boards of the Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, and the Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation. Ms. Cruz holds a B.A. from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.

Mongthu Zago has been appointed FOIL Counsel in the Executive Chamber. Ms. Zago was previously a Law Clerk for Justice Lucy Billings of the New York County Supreme Court, as well as Acting Justice Kelly O'Neill Levy. She holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Pam Widener has been appointed Speechwriter for the Executive Chamber. Previously, Ms. Widener served as a freelance writer and producer for VH1 and HBO, where she had various roles in documentaries and TV series. She was the Development Communications Writer at Baruch College, and was the Vice President of Development at Offline Entertainment Group. She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2012 and received two CINE Golden Eagle Awards in 2008 and 2012. Ms. Widener holds a B.A. from Colgate University and did graduate work in nonfiction writing at The New School.

James Regalbuto has been appointed Deputy Superintendent of the Life Bureau at the Department of Financial Services. Mr. Regalbuto previously served as a Supervisor for Life Product Strategy & Support at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Prior, he was a Senior Competition Analyst at New York Life Insurance Company and a Life Insurance Consultant at Alliant Insurance Services. Mr. Regalbuto holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Miami.

Heriberto Barbot has been appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles, overseeing safety, consumer protection, and clean air. Previously, Mr. Barbot served as the Chief of Staff and Special Counsel for New York City's Department of Youth and Community Development, as well as the Deputy Comptroller in the Office of the Comptroller of the City of New York. He has been the General Counsel for the William F. Ryan Community Health Network, Regional Counsel for Aetna, and the Assistant General Counsel for NYLCare Health Plans. Mr. Barbot holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, a B.S. from Brooklyn College, and served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

RuthAnne Visnauskas has been appointed Executive Deputy Commissioner for Housing Development of NYS Homes and Community Renewal. Previously, Ms. Visnauskas served as Managing Director of the Housing Advisory Board for the Robin Hood Foundation, where she sought to expand their affordable housing efforts in New York City. She also served in the City of New York's Department of Housing Preservation and Development for eight years, holding various roles and culminating as Commissioner of the Agency. Ms. Visnauskas holds an M.U.P. in urban planning from New York University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Betsy Mallow has been appointed Executive Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of Homes and Community Renewal. Most recently, Ms. Mallow serves as Deputy Executive Director in the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, where she helped oversee New York's long term recovery from Superstorm Sandy. Previously, she was the New York State Deputy Director on the White House Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding, a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, and a Senior Program Manager for Impact Assessment at the Ford Foundation. Ms. Mallow holds a B.A. from Brown University and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Nathaalie Carey has been appointed Deputy Commissioner for Administration and Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Labor. Ms. Carey previously served as Assistant Comptroller in the Office of the New York State Comptroller, as well as the Chief Financial Officer for Broome County Government in Binghamton. She has been a lecturer at various colleges and universities, including in Albany and Binghamton. Ms. Carey holds a B.A. and M.P.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton where she was also a member of the university's Council for approximately 5 years.

Brian Conley has been appointed Special Counsel to the Commissioner for Ethics, Risk and Compliance at the Office of General Services. Mr. Conley previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Albany County beginning in 2006, and in Orange County beginning in 2002. He holds a J.D. from Albany Law School and a B.S. from Hartwick College.

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