February 3, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Nominates Rossana Rosado as New York State Secretary of State

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Governor Cuomo today nominated Rossana Rosado as New York State Secretary of State. Ms. Rosado brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to New York State government, having recently served as the first female editor and publisher of the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the country, El Diario, for nearly twenty years. Ms. Rosado is also a Distinguished Lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She will succeed Cesar Perales, lifelong public servant and founder of the New York State Office of New Americans, who has held the position since 2011.

“Rossana Rosado is a respected, intelligent leader with the experience New York needs to lift up working families and expand opportunity,” Governor Cuomo said. “From becoming the first woman to serve as editor and publisher of the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the country, to championing reentry initiatives, to her work as an award-winning producer, Rossana brings a depth and diversity of experience that is second to none. I am confident Rossana will be a force for positive and lasting change in communities across the state, and I am proud to welcome her to this administration.”

“I would also like to recognize the immense contributions of Cesar Perales, who over the past 40 years has dedicated himself to the greater good,” Governor Cuomo continued. “Cesar embodies everything this state stands for: justice, integrity, pride, compassion, and he is truly one of New York’s finest public servants. I wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement.”

Rossana Rosado said, “I am honored to be nominated by Governor Cuomo to serve as Secretary of State. The Governor has put forward a bold agenda to bring greater justice, opportunity and equality to all New Yorkers, and I look forward to joining him in that mission. While New York is built on diversity and difference, we are one state, working together towards a common goal of lifting up the marginalized and the vulnerable to create a brighter, stronger future for all.”

Cesar Perales said, “I thank the Governor for extending to me the privilege of serving as Secretary of State of New York. It has been the high point of my career and I will be forever grateful.”

Throughout her tenure at El Diario, Ms. Rosado’s strong leadership transformed the paper into a seven-day daily, multi-platform media brand serving thousands of New Yorkers and generating millions in revenue. Her fierce advocacy coupled with her drive lead the paper to its 100th anniversary.

In 1992, Ms. Rosado was appointed Vice President for Public Affairs at New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation where she served during both the Dinkins and Giuliani administrations. In that role, Ms. Rosado oversaw public affairs for the largest public hospital system in the country.

Prior to that, Ms. Rosado worked as a producer at WPIX where she was awarded an Emmy for a series of PSAs she produced and directed for the “Care for Kids” campaign. Ms. Rosado also worked as a reporter in New York City covering the Bronx and City Hall for more than six years.

She has received numerous awards and accolades including a Peabody Award for Journalism, a New York State Broadcaster’s Award and a Star Award from the New York Women’s Agenda. She is an active volunteer and advocate, serving in advisory roles for the Fortune Society and Exodus Transitional Community. She has taught incarcerated individuals at Sing Sing and Otisville Correctional Facilities.

She previously served on the Port Authority Board of New York and New Jersey and has chaired the Governor’s Council on Reentry and Reintegration since July 2014.

Retiring Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales has served as Secretary and Senior Advisor for policy to the Governor since 2011. During his twenty-two years of public service, Perales served at the highest levels of government, including as Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services and Deputy Mayor of New York City.

As Secretary of State, Perales played a key role in the Governor’s economic development agenda chairing the Regional Economic Development Council's Strategic Implementation Assessment Team. At the behest of Governor Cuomo, Secretary Perales created the Empire State Fellows Program, a unique vehicle to bring talented people into government and prepare them to serve as future policy makers. Similarly, Secretary Perales established the New York State Office for New Americans to help immigrants fully participate in our state’s civic and economic life.

The Governor will nominate Perales to serve as member of the Board of Empire State Development. Perales will also continue to serve as an unpaid advisor to the Governor in the implementation of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

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