In January 29, 2019

“From day one, our administration has delivered real results for New Yorkers, and I am proud to work with this brilliant and talented team to keep our momentum moving forward,” Governor Cuomo said. “Together, we will make New York a stronger, fairer and more prosperous state for all.”

Jill DesRosiers has been appointed Chief of Staff. Ms. DesRosiers previously served as Executive Deputy Secretary to the Governor. In this role, she oversaw the offices of Intergovernmental Affairs, Scheduling and Operations, Regional and Constituency Affairs, Special Events and Appointments. Prior to this role, Ms. DesRosiers served as Deputy Secretary for Executive Operations and as Director of Scheduling for the Governor. Ms. DesRosiers has held leadership positions in New York City and State level government for years. After getting a degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Systems Engineering, Ms. DesRosiers worked in senior positions for the New York City Council for 12 years under both Speakers Gifford Miller and Christine Quinn.

Major General Patrick A. Murphy will be nominated Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Major General Patrick A. Murphy completes over 41 years of military service with his final assignment as the Director National Guard Bureau Joint Staff at the Pentagon, Washington D.C. He previously served as the principal staff officer to the Chief National Guard Bureau in an oversight role of over 450,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen. Major General Murphy’s duties included supervising the work of the National Guard Bureau Joint Staff with a focus on Homeland Defense and Defense Support to Civil Authorities. He previously served as The Adjutant General of the New York National Guard commanding a force of over 16,000 citizen soldiers and airmen.  Prior to his time in New York, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for National Guard Affairs, US Third Army in Kuwait and Director Civil Support Plans, U.S. Northern Command. Major General Murphy has served as a helicopter pilot, commanded at the company and battalion level and in brigade senior staff positions. He holds a B.S. from Iowa State University, a Master from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

Angela Fernandez will be nominated Commissioner of the Division of Human Rights. She currently serves as Executive Director and Supervising Attorney of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Ms. Fernandez developed the first of its kind in the nation, universal court-appointed representation program for detained immigrants. She also founded and managed two elementary schools in the South Bronx and Washington D.C., and spearheaded and implemented the first of its kind Women’s Studies Program at Rikers Island Correctional Facility for female detainees. Ms. Fernandez previously served in the office of U.S. Senator Bill Bradley and as District Chief of Staff for Congressman José Serrano. She is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law and has more than 20 years of experience advocating for human and civil rights in the United States and internationally.

Dale Bryk will be appointed Deputy Secretary for Energy and the Environment. She currently serves at the Natural Resources Defense Council where she has served in a variety of positions, including Chief Planning Officer, Director of Programs, and Director of the Energy & Transportation Program. Throughout her 21 years at NRDC, she has worked to develop and implement climate, energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean transportation policies. From 2002 to 2010, she also taught the Environmental Law Clinic at Yale Law School. Before joining NRDC, she practiced corporate law in New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, a master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Johnathan Smith will be appointed Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights. He currently serves as Legal Director at Muslim Advocates, a national civil rights organization in Washington, D.C. Previously, he served in the Obama Administration as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Prior, he was a staff attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and a litigation associate at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.  He began his career as a clerk for the Honorable Carl E. Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Mr. Smith has a B.A. and M.Ed. from Harvard University, and a J.D. from NYU School of Law.

Maria Vullo will be nominated as a member of State of New York Mortgage Agency. She currently serves as Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services. Prior to joining DFS, Ms. Vullo was a litigation partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she led civil, criminal, and regulatory investigations before courts and governmental authorities across the country. Ms. Vullo also served as Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice Division in the Office of the New York State Attorney General, under then New York State Attorney General Cuomo. There she oversaw the Bureaus of Investor Protection, Antitrust, Real Estate Finance, Consumer Frauds and Internet, leading investigations across New York State to protect investors and consumers from fraud. Ms. Vullo earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law, an M.P.A. from the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a B.A. from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She clerked for the Hon. John A. MacKenzie, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, following law school prior to entering private practice.

Mimi Reisner has been appointed Senior Advisor for Communications and Digital Strategy. Ms. Reisner previously served as Senior Advisor for Communications. Prior, she worked as Director of Communications Initiatives for the Clinton Foundation and as Media Outreach Liaison for the Office of the Chief of Protocol U.S. Department of State. Ms. Reisner holds a B.A. from Lehigh University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

John Maggiore has been promoted to Senior Advisor to the Governor. In this role, he will oversee upstate economic development for the Governor’s office, along with Empire State Development, and will direct upstate intergovernmental affairs. Mr. Maggiore most recently served as Director of Policy. Prior, he served as chief of staff to Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and, in 2011, as Governor Cuomo’s Director of Regional Affairs. Previously, he served as Policy Advisor to Attorney General Cuomo, Assistant to HUD Secretary Cuomo and Director of Communications to Buffalo State College President Muriel Howard. In 2005, he ran the Erie County Stabilization Project for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. Mr. Maggiore began his professional career as confidential assistant to Governor Mario Cuomo. He is a native of Buffalo, with a B.A. from Connecticut College, M.A. from Rutgers University and M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Amanda Lefton will be appointed First Assistant Secretary for Energy and the Environment. She currently serves as Deputy Policy Director for the Nature Conservancy in New York. Prior, Ms. Lefton led the Albany District of the Rochester Regional Joint Board of Workers United and served as a Legislative Associate for the State Assembly and worked for the State Senate. She holds a B.A. from the University at Albany.

Lauren Melendez will be appointed Assistant Secretary for Transportation. She currently serves as Senior Analyst for Transportation and Infrastructure for the New York State Senate Finance Committee. Ms. Melendez previously served as a Project Assistant for Empire State Future, a project of the Tides Center. She holds a B.A. and Master of Regional Planning from the University at Albany.

Daniel Horwitz has been appointed to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. Mr. Horwitz previously served as Commissioner of JCOPE from 2011 to 2016 and as Chair from 2013 to 2016. He is Chair of McLaughlin & Stern’s White Collar Defense and Investigation Practice. Mr. Horwitz previously served as a New York County assistant district attorney for nearly a decade, where he investigated and prosecuted complex business crimes in the Frauds Bureau. He has been named a Top 100 New York Metro Attorney by New York Super Lawyers since 2012, a Super Lawyer since 2009 and been recognized since 2012 by Best Lawyers in America in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense. Mr. Horwitz holds a J.D. cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law and a B.A. from Columbia University.

Jihoon Kim has been appointed Chief of Staff to the Senior Advisor, John Maggiore. In this role, Mr. Kim will help coordinate upstate economic development, intergovernmental affairs and policy. Mr. Kim has served at the Office of the New York State Attorney General in a variety of roles, most recently as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs. Mr. Kim also previously worked for the New York State Senate. He holds a B.S. from Marist College and a M.S.W. from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.