Cuomo Announces Appointments To Administration

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ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that he’s made new appointments to his administration.

“Over the past two terms, this administration has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of New Yorkers, and I am proud to welcome this team to help build on our great progress,” Governor Cuomo said. “With the help of these driven and qualified individuals, we will continue to make New York a stronger and more just state for all.”

Cuomo announced that he’s divided the Office of State Operations via the policy, operations and emergency management responsibilities previously associated with the office and made the following appointments:

Kelly Cummings has been appointed Director of State Operations and Infrastructure. Cummings previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Governor. In this role, Cummings oversaw the Governor’s major infrastructure projects and priorities, including the Moynihan Train Hall, the Long Island Rail Road Double Track and Third Track expansion projects, the new Kosciuszko Bridge and the modernization of six upstate airports.

Cummings was previously the Director of Communications for the Senate Majority. In her more than 20 years in the State Legislature, Cummings held a number of communications and policy positions in both the Senate and Assembly. She holds a B.A. from St. Lawrence University.

Adam Zurofsky has been appointed Director of State Policy and Agency Management. Zurofsky previously served as Deputy Secretary for Energy and Financial Services. Prior to state service, Zurofsky was a partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindell LLP, where he advised companies and boards on regulatory, governance and litigation matters.

Zurofsky has taught as an Adjunct Professor and served as a Program Leader at Fordham Law School and has also served as a member of the Brookings Institution, Governance Studies Leadership Council. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude and earned a B.A. with honors in Political Science from Stanford University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Michael Kopy has been appointed Governor’s Office Director of Emergency Management. Kopy has served in the New York State Police for over 30 years, including as Inspector and Troop Commander. He has served as the Volunteer Fire Chief of the Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department, during which time he was named Westchester County Volunteer Firefighter of the Year, and has served as the Director of the Westchester County Chiefs of Police Association.

Kopy has received extensive training in emergency preparedness, including accreditations from the New York State Wildfire Academy and FEMA’s National Incident Management System and has led the response to various disasters across the state. He holds a B.A. from Pace University.
Additionally, the Governor made the following administration appointments:

Michael Schmidt will be nominated Commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Schmidt most recently served as the Senior Economic Advisor to the Governor, in which capacity he led the State’s policy response to the 2017 federal tax legislation and oversaw other priority economic policy initiatives for the Governor.

Schmidt previously served as Deputy Secretary for Economic Development, where he oversaw policy and operations for twelve state agencies and authorities, including the Department of Taxation and Finance, Empire State Development, the Division of Homes and Community Renewal, and the Department of State.

Schmidt has also served as an economic policy advisor to Hillary Clinton, a policy analyst in the Office of Domestic Finance at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and a senior financial analyst at the Yale Investments Office. He holds a J.D. and a B.A. from Yale.

Letizia Tagliafierro will be appointed Inspector General of New York State. Tagliafierro currently serves as Deputy Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs and Special Counsel to the Governor. She previously served as Special Counsel for Public Safety and Deputy Commissioner of the Criminal Investigations Division at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

In 2013, Tagliafierro was appointed and served as the Executive Director of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics until 2015. Prior to her appointment to Executive Director she served as the Joint Commission’s Director of Investigations and Enforcement.

Tagliafierro also served as Special Counsel for the New York State Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney in Erie County. She received her law degree from Albany Law School and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany.

Judith Mogul will be appointed Special Counsel to the Governor. In this role, she will primarily advise on public integrity and criminal justice policy initiatives. She comes to the Executive Chamber from Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello, PC, where she focused on civil, criminal and regulatory matters and investigations.

Mogul previously served as an adjunct professor at the Pace University School of Law, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. She earned her B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Mogul clerked for Judge José A. Cabranes when he served on the United States District Court in the District of Connecticut.

Harold Moore has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer. Moore has worked for the New York State Executive Chamber providing innovative technology solutions for 17 years, most recently as Technical Special Assistant. He holds a B.A. from the University at Albany, SUNY.

Laura Edidin has been appointed Chief Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk and Compliance. Edidin most recently served as Chief of the Human Trafficking Unit in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. Before joining the District Attorney’s Office, she served as the founding Chief of the Administrative Prosecution Unit at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Previously, Edidin served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and was the founding Director of Legal Services for the New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project. She also served as law clerk to the Hon. Richard Owen of the Southern District of New York. Ms. Edidin holds a J.D. from the University ofChicago Law School and a B.A. from Tufts University.

Patrick Muncie has been appointed Deputy Communications Director for Transportation. Most recently, MMuncie was a Managing Director with Tusk Strategies and Tusk Ventures. He has also served as a senior communications adviser to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, and held several roles in the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, including Deputy Press Secretary in the Mayor’s Office and Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. He received a B.F.A. from Miami University.

Lisa Santeramo has been appointed Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs. She most recently served as Long Island Director of Operations where she oversaw day-to-day operations of the Long Island staff and agencies and helped advance critical regional initiatives.

Before joining the Executive Chamber, Santeramo served as Deputy County Executive and Chief of Staff to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. Ms. Santeramo began her career in public service in the office of Congressman Tim Bishop where she served as District Director. She holds a B.A. from Stony Brook University.

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