December 16

Governor-elect Cuomo Announces Appointments for Health Commissioner, Dormitory Authority President, Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs, and Special Assistant

by Cuomo 2010

 

Governor-elect Cuomo Announces Appointments for Health Commissioner, Dormitory Authority President, Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs, and Special Assistant

 

Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo today announced the following senior staff appointments to positions within the state government. The appointments become effective upon Governor-elect Cuomo assuming office.

 

“We continue to find talented and dedicated individuals ready to help reshape the state of New York and make it work for the people once again,” said Governor-elect Cuomo. “New Yorkers will be well-served by this tireless and capable group of people. I thank them for their service to the state and their hard work, and I look forward to working with them all.”

 

Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH will be nominated to serve as the Commissioner of the Department of Health. Dr. Shah is Attending Physician at Bellevue Hospital Center, Associate Investigator at the Geisinger Center for Health Research and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Value & Comparative Effectiveness at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is an expert in use of systems-based methods to improve patient outcomes, a leading researcher in use of large scale clinical laboratories and electronic health records to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of care, and a nationally recognized thought leader in the very methods needed to transition to the future of lower-cost, more patient-centered, health care for the 21st century. As a general internist who cares for patients at Bellevue Hospital in New York, Dr. Shah knows first hand the impact on vulnerable populations of inadequate resources. To improve the health of vulnerable as well as the general population, he conducts research and development to improve care both in the public hospital system of New York City and in the rural, aging population of central Pennsylvania's Geisinger Health System. Dr. Shah is originally from Buffalo, and is an honors graduate of Harvard College, received MD and MPH degrees from Yale School of Medicine, was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCLA, and a National Research Service Award Fellow at NYU. He serves on the editorial boards of medical journals, has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles, and has received over $4.5 million in research funding. He lives in Battery Park City with his wife Nidhi Shah, and two children.

 

“Dr. Shah's experience in advancing models of innovative care delivery and public health make him uniquely qualified to establish New York as having one of the premier health systems in the country. He will be able to drive a vision to transform New York's health system to one that is forward thinking, cost effective and successful at improving the health of all New Yorkers.  Governor-elect Cuomo has made an outstanding choice to fill this critical position,” Dr. Steve Safyer, President, Monetfiore Hospital, said.

 

Paul T. Williams Jr. will be recommended to continue as the Executive Director and President of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.  Mr. Williams is currently the Executive Director and President of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.  Prior to entering the public sector, Mr. Williams was Senior Counsel at Nixon, Peabody LLP, after serving as President and Vice Chair of Toussaint Capital Partners for three years. From 1998-2006, Mr. Williams was a partner at Brian Cave LLP. During that time, Mr. Williams also served as the President of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of 100 Black Men for America. Mr. Williams was a Founding Partner at Williams & Harris from 1982-1998. From 1980-1984, Mr. Williams served as a Counselor in the New York State Assembly, after beginning his legal career as an Associate at Walker & Bailey from 1977-1982.  Mr. Williams currently sits on the Moynihan Station Development Corp and the Eagle Academy Foundation.

 

“Paul Williams has done an outstanding job leading the Dormitory Authority in developing New York State’s infrastructure. I am pleased that Governor-elect Cuomo has recommended Paul to continue in this critical position. He will be an important member of the team that will rebuild and revitalize New York. He has been instrumental in increasing the state’s collaboration with minority and women owned businesses as well as establishing DASNY as a national leader by expanding its diversity program to include all professional services,” Transition Co-Chair former Comptroller H. Carl McCall said.

 

Sabrina M. Ty will serve as Deputy Secretary of Legislative Affairs. Ty currently serves as Legislative Counsel to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, responsible for overseeing the development of all major programmatic legislation and directing a team of 90 program and counsel staff in all legislative negotiations.  Ty also plays a lead role in annual budget negotiations -- particularly in the areas of education, higher education, economic development, MTA and DOT capital, public authority financing and bonding. A member of the Assembly staff since 1995, Ty served as Deputy Counsel, Legislative Coordinator and Associate Counsel to the Assembly Education and Higher Education Committees prior to becoming Legislative Counsel in 2007.  A graduate of Albany Law School and McGill University, Ty began her career as an attorney at the law firm of Couch, White, Brenner, Howard & Feigenbaum and later served as a government relations representative for the New York State School Boards Association.  She lives in Clifton Park, New York, with her husband and son. 

 

Linda A. Lacewell will serve as Special Assistant to the Governor. Ms. Lacewell is currently Special Counsel to the Attorney General and head of the Attorney General’s Healthcare Industry Taskforce. Linda was initially appointed in April 2007 as Counsel for Economic and Social Justice. Ms. Lacewell spent nine years prior as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, including two years on detail to the Enron Task Force of the United States Department of Justice.

 

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