Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new appointments to his administration.
"From fighting for equal rights and opportunity to strengthening the economy and creating thousands of new jobs in the industries of tomorrow, this administration has fought and continues to fight to improve the lives of all New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "I welcome these talented public servants to their new roles, where we will work together to build on the extraordinary progress we have made over the past eight years to create a stronger, fairer and more prosperous New York for all."
Lindsey Boylan has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Special Advisor to the Governor. She previously served as Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President at Empire State Development. Prior to joining the agency, Lindsey spent several years in municipal finance, ultimately as Vice President, at RBC Capital Markets. Earlier, she served in an executive role steering operations and business development for three interconnected New York City business improvement districts, public-private partnerships best known for their restoration of Midtown's iconic Bryant Park. Lindsey also worked for noted urban planner Alexander Garvin, focusing on a master planning and management process for a 4,500-acre park in Memphis, Tennessee. She is a graduate of Columbia Business School and received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College, where she was elected Student Body President.
Michael Schmidt has been appointed Senior Economic Advisor to the Governor. Mr. Schmidt most recently served as Deputy Secretary for Economic Development, where he oversaw policy and operations for twelve state agencies and authorities, including Empire State Development, the Department of Taxation and Finance, the Division of Homes and Community Renewal, and the Department of State. Previously, Mr. Schmidt served as economic policy advisor to Hillary Clinton during in her 2016 presidential campaign, where he led the development of Secretary Clinton's agenda on financial regulation, trade, infrastructure, housing, small business, and economic development. He has also served in the Office of Domestic Finance at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and as a Senior Financial Analyst at the Yale Investments Office. He holds a J.D. and a B.A from Yale.
Zackary Knaub has been appointed First Assistant Counsel to the Governor. Mr. Knaub most recently served as Assistant Counsel to the Governor, handling energy and environmental matters. Before joining the Executive Chamber, Mr. Knaub served as Regional Attorney for the Department of Environmental Conservation, managing the Department's legal affairs for the lower Hudson River Valley. Prior to his state service, he was a partner in the Shlansky Law Group, a boutique commercial and environmental litigation law firm, and an associate in the New York City office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. He began his legal career as a pro se and motions law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He graduated cum laude from Cardozo Law School, and holds a M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. with honors from the University of Iowa.
Carolyn Pokorny has been appointed Special Counsel for Public Integrity. She most recently served as Chief Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk and Compliance. Previously, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. Prior, she spent nearly fifteen years with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, where she held a number of leadership positions, including Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. She received the U.S. Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, and the Federal Prosecutor of the Year award from the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation. Ms. Pokorny began her career as a prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney's Office and then clerked for federal judge Arthur D. Spatt on Long Island. She has a B.A. from New York University, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Camille Joseph Varlack has been appointed Deputy Director of State Operations. In 2017, she was appointed New York State Chief Risk Officer and Special Counsel and will retain those titles. Ms. Varlack has served as deputy director for ethics, risk and compliance in the Executive Chamber and as a principal law clerk for the New York State Supreme Court. She has also served as Assistant Vice President and Counsel at AXA Financial, Inc. and as an Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District Attorney's Office. Ms. Varlack holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Giancarlo Pellegrini has been appointed Assistant Counsel to the Governor with a focus on federal affairs, election law, and constitutional law. Mr. Pellegrini previously served as an Empire State Fellow in the Governor’s Counsel’s Office, where he oversaw legal affairs for eight state agencies including the Department of State, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal, and the State Liquor Authority. Prior to entering state service, Mr. Pellegrini practiced securities law at Sidley Austin LLP and Bingham McCutchen LLP in Washington, D.C., where he represented financial institutions in federal regulatory investigations. Mr. Pellegrini is a 2010 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 2007 graduate of Lehigh University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Andrew Chan Wolinsky has been appointed Assistant Special Counsel for Public Integrity. Previously, he was an associate in the litigation departments of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where his practice focused on white-collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and internal investigations. He clerked for the Honorable Jane R. Roth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Wolinsky earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his B.A. from Tufts University.
Abigail Belknap Seidner has been appointed Assistant Special Counsel for Public Integrity in the Executive Chamber. Prior to entering public service, Ms. Seidner began her legal career at Cooley LLP, where she represented numerous pro bono clients in addition to her private litigation practice. Ms. Seidner previously served as a legal intern in the U.S. Attorney's Offices for both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and at the New York Civil Liberties Union. Ms. Seidner holds a B.A. from Pomona College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Michael Donegan has been appointed General Counsel at the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Mr. Donegan has been with the Justice Center since August of 2013, where he was appointed as the first Director of the Employee Discipline Unit, supervising a staff of attorneys who represented state oversight agencies at disciplinary arbitrations. Prior to coming to the Justice Center, Mr. Donegan served 16 years as the General Counsel at the State Commission of Correction. He is a graduate of SUNY Albany and Hofstra University School of Law.
Mark Noordsy has been appointed General Counsel and Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Mental Health. He most recently served as Deputy Counsel for Litigation at OMH. Previously, he served at the New York State Department of Health, and Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, after twenty-eight years of private practice. Mr. Noordsy received a B.A., magna cum laude, from St. Lawrence University, and a J.D., with honors, from George Washington University.
Karen Mintzer has been appointed General Counsel at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Ms. Mintzer joined Parks from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, where she served as Regional Attorney - General Counsel for Region 2 (New York City). Previously, she was in private practice, most recently as special counsel at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. She holds a B.A. from Lafayette College and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Sumit Sud has been appointed Deputy Chief Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk and Compliance. In this new role, Mr. Sud will coordinate the statewide program for ethics, risk and compliance across agencies and authorities, working with the Special Counsel for Public Integrity and New York State's Chief Risk Officer. He will assume this role while continuing to act on his previous appointments as Special Counsel to the Director for the New York State Insurance Fund and the Commissioner to the New York Department of Labor. Prior to joining the state, Mr. Sud served as Senior Counsel at the New York City Law Department, where he had been for almost ten years. He holds a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio and a B.S. from the University of Washington, Seattle.