June 20, 2013
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Senate Confirmation of Multiple Appointments

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Senates approval of multiple appointments within the administration.


When I took office, I pledged to restore integrity and performance in state government, Governor Cuomo said. To fulfill that pledge, my administration has worked to recruit the finest candidates to work for New Yorkers. These individuals bring valuable knowledge and experience to all areas of government that affect the public, from transportation to housing to insurance to the arts. I congratulate them on their confirmations and now lets get to work.


Kristin Proud will serve as Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.


Ms. Proud served in Governor Andrew Cuomos Office as Deputy Secretary for Human Services, Technology & Operations. She is a member of the Governors Olmstead Cabinet and the States Mandate Relief Council. She previously served in the Governors Office as the Deputy Director of State Operations from November 2007 to August 2009 and the Director of Health and Human Services from January to November 2007. Ms. Proud spent fourteen years in the New York State Assembly, during which time she worked for three Speakers of the Assembly. Ms. Proud was the Deputy Secretary of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee and was also the principal staff advisor to the Speaker and the Assembly Majority on issues related to health and human services. Following that, she served as Senior Director of Community Relations and Planned Giving for the Center for Disability Services, the largest provider of services to individuals with disabilities in the Capital Region. Ms. Proud is a summa cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Albany. She also attended Florida State University.


Governor Cuomo also announced the following confirmations:


Gaming Commission


John A. Crotty is a founding member of Workforce Housing Advisors, a New York City-based development firm with a particular focus on affordable housing. Mr. Crotty has nearly two decades of experience in housing, government and finance in a variety of capacities. Mr. Crotty is a former member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation and was appointed by Governor Paterson to a panel to restructure the Off Track Gaming system statewide. Mr. Crotty was also a member of the New York State Franchise Oversight Board, which oversees the finances of The New York Racing Association, Inc.


John J. Poklemba serves as General Counsel to American Transit Insurance Company, a New York City-based Commercial Automobile Insurer. Previously, Mr. Poklemba was the managing partner of his general practice in Saratoga County for more than a decade. Prior to that, Mr. Poklemba was the principal attorney responsible for governmental relations and litigation for Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes, P.C. in Glens Falls. Mr. Poklemba also served in New York State government for many years working on criminal justice.


Barry Sample recently retired from Governor Cuomos Administration as Deputy Director of State Operations where he handled the day-to-day management of state government following nearly two decades in service to New York State. Previously, Mr. Sample served as Deputy Director at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Deputy Director at the New York State Division of Budget, and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Relations at the New York State Comptrollers Office.


Todd R. Snyder is executive vice chairman of North American Global Financial Advisory and co-head of the debt and restructuring group at Rothschild, Inc., a leading international investment banking and financial advisory firm where he is also Senior Managing Director. Mr. Snyder has been an advisor for Rothschild Inc.s companies for more than two decades, including work with Emerald Casino, Dow Corning and United Airlines. Mr. Snyder also served as part of Governor Cuomos Labor Negotiating Team, where he was instrumental in forging new contracts with the states public sector unions. He advised the Bush and Obama administrations on the restructuring of the auto industry.


Justice Center Advisory Council


William Gettman will serve as Chair. He is Executive Director of St. Catherines Center, with more than 25 years of experience in the child welfare field in both the public and private sectors. Previously, he was Executive Deputy Commissioner at OCFS, responsible for all child welfare programs throughout the State.


Other appointees include:
Euphemia Strauchn-Adams
Joseph Rich
Snowden Earl Eichelberger
Glen Liebman
Jeremy Klemanski
Leslie Hulbert
Judith ORourke
Alfred Kingon
Robert Weisman, DO
Michael Arsham
Shirley Flowers
Peter Pierri
Denise Figueroa
Harvey Rosenthal
Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco
Walter Joseph, Jr.
David Allen Lamphere
Norwig Debye-Saxinger
Ronald Lehrer
Tanya Hernandez
Christopher Tavella
Delores McFadden
Brian McLane
Scott Salmon
Lisa Goring
Mary Bonsignore
Clint Perrin
Belinda Lerner
Eva Dech


Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council


Paul Samuels, JD will serve as Chair. He is the Director and President of the Legal Action Center (LAC), a non-profit law and policy organization whose mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. Mr. Samuels has served as a member of the NYS Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services as Vice-Chairperson.


Other appointees include:
Kunsook Song Bernstein, PhD
John Kastan, PhD
Jennifer Havens, MD
Tino Hernandez
Ralph Fasano
William Gettman, Jr.
Howard Meitiner
Katherine Breslin
Lt. Colonel April Critelli
James Scordo
Stephanie Orlando
Patrice Wallace-Moore
Sharon Gillette
Grant Mitchell, MD
John Lee
Maura Kelley
Euphemia Strauchn-Adams
Andrew Roberts
Deborah Mayo
Michael Martin
Glenn Martin
Robert Cruz
Scott LaVigne


Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)


Alfonso Carney, Jr. will serve as Chair. He is a principal of Rockwood Partners, LLC, which provides medical consulting services in New York City. He has served as Acting Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary for the Goldman Sachs Foundation and has held senior level legal positions with Altria Group Inc., Philip Morris Companies Inc., Philip Morris Management Corporation, Kraft Foods, Inc. and General Foods Corporation.


Other appointees include:
Beryl Snyder
John B. Johnson


New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (Javits Center)


Henry Silverman will serve as Chair. He is a Senior Advisor and Vice Chairman of Investment Management Business for Guggenheim Partners, a diversified financial services firm in New York City. He currently serves as Chair of the New York Convention Center Development Corporation.


Other appointees include:
Daniel De Vita
Andrew Murstein
David Emil


Civil Service Commission


Jerry Boone will continue serving as Commissioner and President. Mr. Boone was the Managing Principal of Boone Consulting, where he helped develop human resources and operations infrastructure. Previously, Mr. Boone founded Pride Properties, LLC, in 2008, a company based in Memphis, Tennessee, focused on the acquisition and rehabilitation of distressed properties to develop quality, affordable housing for sale or rental to lower to middle income households. Mr. Boone still serves as President of the organization, which also offers financial counseling provided for first-time home buyers. For additional information about Mr. Boone, click here.


State Board for Historic Preservation


Robert MacKay, PhD will continue to serve as Chair. He is Executive Director of the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities in Cold Spring Harbor, where he led the society's evolution and growth from being primarily a manager of traditional house museums to becoming a vibrant regional preservation organization that provides assistance to communities to safeguard and revitalize their historic built environments in the midst of ever increasing development pressure.


Other appointees include:
John Winthrop Aldrich
Randall Crawford
Jay DiLorenzo
Douglas Perrelli, PhD


State Commission of Correction


Thomas A. Beilein will continue serving as Chair. Mr. Beilein holds the distinction of being the only former sheriff in the history of the Commission to serve as chair. His experience as the Niagara County Sheriff from 1994 to 2008 which includes running a jail with an average daily population of 450 is unique in the annals of Commission history. Mr. Beilein brings a wealth of law enforcement and administrative experience. He has worked as a correction officer, road patrol officer, investigator and administrator.


Other appointees include:
Thomas Loughren


Adirondack Park Agency
Daniel Wilt
Arthur Lussi
William Thomas
Karen Feldman


Allegany State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission
Michael Lyons
Thomas Erlandson
Michael McLaughlin


Genesee State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission
Frank Allkofer
Thomas Jennings
Peter Humphrey
Martin Miskell
Loren Penman


Niagara Frontier State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission
Thomas Yots
Stuart Angert


Palisades Interstate State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission
Howard G. Seitz


Thousand Island State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission
James Ransom


Central New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission
Stephen Buechner
Terry Ettinger
Cornelius B. Murphy


Finger Lakes State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission
Ludi Augustine
Mitchell Cornish
Robert Scharf


New York City State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission
Allison Whipple Rockefeller
Leisle Lin
Alexander Durst
Simon Roosevelt


Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Charles (Sam) Gurney
Wesley Hicks, MD


Workers Compensation Board
Frances Libous (Vice Chair)


CUNY Board of Trustees
Alfreida D. Foster-Tolbert


State Insurance Fund
Joseph Canovas
Barry Swidler


NYS Housing Finance Agency
Nestor Davidson
Joyce Miller


Tax Appeals Tribunal
Roberta Moseley Nero


Advisory Council on Agriculture
Samuel Casella
Lesa Sobolewski
David Haight


Albany Pine Bush Commission
John Brust
Harvey Alexander
Nancy Pierson
Steven Rice, PhD


Citizens Policy and Complaint Review Council
Nicholas A. LaBella


New York State Council on the Arts
Laura Aswad


Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority
Samuel James LaMacchia