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The cabinet of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer consisted of his Executive Chamber, as well as the heads of the various departments of the Government of New York, prior to Spitzer's resignation on March 17, 2008.

Spitzer was responsible for appointing his Executive Chamber. These appointments did not require the confirmation of the New York State Senate. Most political advisors report to the Secretary to the Governor, while most policy advisors report to the Director of State Operations, who also answers to the Secretary to the Governor, making that position, in practice, the true Chief of Staff and most powerful position in the Cabinet.[1] The literal Chief of Staff is in charge of the Office of Scheduling and holds no authority over other cabinet officials.[2]

The Governor is also charged with naming the heads of the various departments, divisions, boards, and offices within the state government. These nominees require confirmation by the state Senate. While some appointees may share the title of commissioner, director, etc., only Department level-heads are considered members of the actual state cabinet, although the heads of the various divisions, boards, and offices may attend cabinet level meetings from time to time.


Executive Chamber

  • Secretary to the Governor Rich Baum (2007–2008)
    • First Deputy Secretary Sean Patrick Maloney (2007–2008)
    • Appointments Secretary Francine James (2007–2008)
    • General Counsel David Nocenti (2007–2008)
      • First Assistant Counsel Terryl Brown Clemons (2007–2008)
    • Communications Director Darren Dopp (2007), Christine Anderson (2007–2008)
      • Press Secretary Christine Anderson (2007), Errol Cockfield, Jr. (2007–2008)
      • Director of Washington D.C. Office Derek Douglas (2007–2008)
    • Chief of Staff Marlene Turner (2007–2008)
    • Director of State Operations Olivia Golden (2007–2008), Paul Francis (2008–2008)
      • Deputy Director of State Operations Kristin Proud (2007–2008)
      • Policy Director Peter Pope (2007–2008)
        • Senior Advisor Lloyd Constantine (2007–2008)
        • Senior Advisor Bruce Gyory (2007–2008)
        • Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental Affairs Mike Schell (2007–2008)
        • Special Counsel Richard Rifkin (2007–2008)
      • Deputy Secretary for Education Manuel Rivera (2007–2008)
      • Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Infrastructure Timothy J. Gilchrist (2007–2008)
      • Deputy Secretary for Energy Paul DeCotis (2007–2008)
      • Deputy Secretary for the Environment Judith Enck (2007–2008)
      • Deputy Secretary For Government Operations And Labor Relations Sylvia B. Hamer (2007–2008)
      • Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services Dennis P. Whalen (2007–2008)
      • Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Michael Balboni (2007–2008)
      • Deputy Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs Marty Mack (2007–2008)
      • Deputy Secretary for Public Finance and Local Governments Lora Lefebvre (2007–2008)
      • Assistant Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services Joe Baker (2007–2008)
      • Assistant Secretary for Criminal Justice Denise O'Donnell (2007–2008)
      • Assistant Secretary for Energy Tom Congdon (2007–2008)
      • Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security Lai Sun Yee (2007–2008)

Office of the Lieutenant Governor

  • Lieutenant Governor David Paterson (2007–2008)
  • Chief of Staff to the Lieutenant Governor Charles J. O'Byrne (2007–2008)
    • Deputy Chief of Staff to the Lieutenant Governor Sarah Lewis (2007–2008)
    • Press Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor Armen Meyer (2007–2008)
  • Counsel to the Lieutenant Governor Jeff Pearlman (2007–2008)
  • Director of Policy, Office of the Lieutenant Governor Mark Leinung (2007–2008)

Agencies, Departments and Divisions

  • Office for the Aging, Director Michael J. Burgess (2007–2008)
  • Department of Agriculture and Markets, Commissioner Patrick M. Hooker (2007–2008)
  • Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Commissioner Karen M. Carpenter-Palumbo (2007–2008)
  • Division of Budget, Director Laura Anglin (2007–2008)
  • Banking Department, Superintendent of Banking Richard H. Neiman (2007–2008)
  • Office of Children and Family Services, Commissioner Gladys Carrión (2007–2008)
  • Department of Civil Service, Commissioner Nancy Groenwegen (2007–2008)
  • Division of Criminal Justice Services, Commissioner Denise O'Donnell (2007–2008)
  • Department of Correctional Services, Commissioner Brian Fischer (2007–2008)
  • Department of Education, Commissioner Richard P. Mills (2007–2008)
  • Governor's Office of Employee Relations, Director Gary Johnson (2007–2008)
  • Department of Environmental Conservation, Commissioner Alexander B. "Pete" Grannis (2007–2008)
  • Office of General Services, Commissioner John C. Egan (2007–2008)
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Officer Melodie Mayberry-Stewart (2007–2008)
  • Office of Health Insurance Programs & State Medicaid Director, Deputy Commissioner Deborah Bachrach (2007–2008)
  • Housing Finance Agency and New York Mortgage Agency, President Priscilla Almodovar (2007–2008)
  • Housing Finance Agency and New York Mortgage Agency Board, Chairman Judd Levy (2007–2008)
  • Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Commissioner Deborah Van Amerongen (2007–2008)
  • Department of Health, Commissioner Richard F. Daines (2007–2008)
  • Division of Human Rights, Commissioner Kumiki Gibson (2007–2008)
  • Office of the State Inspector General, Inspector General Kristine Hamann (2007–2008)
  • Department of Insurance, Superintendent of Insurance Eric R. Dinallo (2007–2008)
  • Department of Labor, Commissioner M. Patricia Smith (2007–2008)
  • Office Of The Medicaid Inspector General, James G. Sheehan, Medicaid Inspector General (2007–2008)
  • Office of Mental Health, Commissioner Michael F. Hogan (2007–2008)
  • Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Commissioner Diana Jones Ritter (2007–2008)
  • Division of Military and Naval Affairs, Major General Joseph Taluto (2007–2008)
  • Department of Motor Vehicles, Commissioner David Swarts (2007–2008)
  • Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, Commissioner Carol Ash (2007–2008)
  • Office of the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Amy Barasch, Executive Director (2007–2008)
  • Division of Parole, George B. Alexander, Chief Executive Officer (2007–2008)
  • Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, Director Robert Maccarone (2007–2008)
  • Department of Public Service, Commissioner Patricia Acompora (2007–2008); Commissioner Garry A. Brown (2008–2008)
  • Governor’s Office Of Regulatory Reform, Director Robert Hermann (2007–2008)
  • The Division Of State Police, Superintendent of Police Preston L. Felton (2007–2008)
  • Department of Taxation and Finance, Commissioner Robert L. Megna (2007–2008)
  • Department of State, Secretary of State Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez (2007–2008)
  • Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Commissioner David A. Hansell (2007–2008)
  • Department of Transportation, Commissioner Astrid C. Glynn (2007–2008)
  • Office for Fire Prevention and Control, Floyd Madison, Fire Administrator (2007–2008)

External links


  1. ^ Pecorella, Robert; Jeffrey M. Stonecash (2006). Governing New York State (5th ed. ed.). New York: State University of New York Press. pp. 149. ISBN 0791466914.  Preview at Google Books.
  2. ^ Benjamin, Elizabeth (2008-03-12). "In and Out". Daily News. 


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