Gov. Cuomo announces senate confirmation of multiple appointments
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday the Senate's
approval of multiple appointments within the administration.
The appointments are listed below:
Richard L. Kauffman will serve as the Chairman of the New York State
Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Mr. Kauffman also serves as Governor Cuomo's Chairman of Energy and Finance.
Prior to this, Mr. Kauffman was a Senior Advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary
Steven Chu. Mr. Kauffman's experience also includes private sector management
as a former Chief Executive Officer for Good Energies, Inc., a leading investor
in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. He has been a partner
at Goldman Sachs and a chair of the company's Global Financing Group, and was
vice chairman of Morgan Stanley's Institutional Securities Business.
Leilani Crafts Ulrich will serve a second term as the Chairwoman of the
Adirondack Park Agency.
Ms. Ulrich was first appointed to the APA Board in 2004. She chaired the
Board's Regulatory Programs and Park Ecology committees before being nominated
as the Agency's first Chairwoman by Governor Cuomo in November of 2011. Ms.
Ulrich is a dedicated advocate for environmental issues, having previously
studied responses to climate change, energy conservation and forestry
management practices. Ms. Ulrich is is a past Board member of the Adirondack
Community Housing Trust and served on the NYS delegation to the four-state
Northern Forest Center's Sustainable Economies Initiative.
Jeffrey Wise will serve as the Executive Director of the new Justice
Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.
Mr. Wise brings over 25 years of service in the public and not-for-profit
sectors. Most recently, Mr. Wise served as president of the NYS Rehabilitation
Association (NYSRA), a statewide trade association of community organizations
providing support services to people with intellectual/developmental
disabilities, mental health issues, and other disabilities. He has also served
as a research attorney for the NYS Law Revision Commission, legislative
coordinator for the Community Health Care Association of New York State, and as
a senior policy analyst at the Manhattan-based Coalition for the Homeless.
Governor Cuomo also announced the confirmation of seven members of the New York
State Parole Board. Those members are Tina Stanford, Gail Hallerdin, Julie
Smith, Milton Johnson, Walter William Smith Jr., Sally Velasquez-Thompson, and
Tina Stanford will serve as Chairwoman of the Parole Board. Most
recently, Ms. Stanford served as Director of the New York State Office of
Victim Services. She had been Chairwoman of the Crime Victims Board since June
2007. A native of Buffalo, Ms. Stanford served as an Erie County Assistant
District Attorney for fourteen years. She worked in the Buffalo City Court,
grand jury, domestic violence/sexual assault, felony trial and appeals bureaus.
As a trial prosecutor, she worked directly with thousands of crime victims and
their family members seeking justice for crimes ranging from theft to murder.
Gail Hallerdin will serve as a Parole Commissioner. Ms. Hallerdin most
recently served as a Hearing Officer for New York State Office of Temporary
Disability Assistance reviewing social service programs for local districts.
Prior to that, Ms. Hallerdin functioned as a Managerial Staff Analyst for the
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reviewing and making
recommended revisions to New York City Health Code provisions. She also served
as Assistant Attorney General in the Buffalo Regional Office She is a native of
Queens and received her Juris Doctor degree from University of Buffalo, School
Julie Smith will serve as a Parole Commissioner. Ms. Smith worked in the
Genesee County Probation Department for 21 years and is currently the Director
of the Department. Ms. Smith oversaw a department that provided supervision to
approximately 700 adults and juvenile offenders. In addition to her knowledge
and experience in felony offender supervision and treatment, she previously served
as a caseworker for Genesee County Department of Social Services.
Milton Johnson will serve as a Parole Commissioner. Johnson served as a
Special agent with the United State Drug Enforcement Administration and also as
Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge for the United States Secret Service.
As a supervisory criminal investigator, he developed strategic operations
including protective security of the President and Foreign Dignitaries. He also
conducted criminal and private sector investigations. He received his
Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia State University.
Johnson is a native of Queens, New York.
Walter William Smith Jr. was reappointed as Parole Board Commissioner.
He has been with the New York State Board of Parole since 1996. Prior to his
current position, he served as a senior investigator for the New York State
Crime Victims Board.
Sally Velasquez-Thompson was reappointed as Parole Board Commissioner.
She has been with the New York State Board of Parole since 2007. Her prior
experience includes 20 years with the New York City Police Department as
Detective and narcotics investigator.
Lisa Elovich was reappointed as Parole Board Commissioner. She has been
with the New York State Board of Parole since 2007. She also served as an
Administrative Law Judge for the New York State Office of Children and Family
Services and a Deputy Attorney General for the New York State Attorney
General's Office with a focus on juvenile justice and crime prevention
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