GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES UNANIMOUS SENATE CONFIRMATION OF
ASSEMBLYWOMAN ROANN DESTITO AS COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the State Senate unanimously confirmed
Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito as Commissioner of the New York State Office of General
"Commissioner Destito will play a crucial role in modernizing our state operations and helping
to restore performance to state government," Governor Cuomo said. "She will use her wealth of
experience, business acumen, and good judgment to cut costs throughout government and deliver
more for the people of New York. I thank Majority Leader Skelos and Senators DeFrancisco and
Krueger for steering this nomination to confirmation."
Commissioner Destito said, "I am honored to be confirmed as the Commissioner of the Office of
General Services and I am privileged to continue to serve New Yorkers through this new
capacity. I thank Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Skelos, Senators DeFrancisco and Krueger,
and the entire Senate for the trust they have placed in me. I look forward to reforming our state
operations and helping to make our government put the people first once again."
Commissioner Destito previously served as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Governmental
Operations, which includes legislative oversight of OGS. She represented the people of the 116th
Assembly District since 1992. During her time in office, Commissioner Destito worked to
advance Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises and promoted legislation
strengthening ethics and lobbying laws. She championed open government initiatives and
worked to support New York military families. In addition, she was an integral part of the team
that convinced the Federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission to keep the Air Force
Research Laboratory in Rome intact, saving almost 1,000 jobs.
Prior to her election, Commissioner Destito spent a decade working for the New York State
Assembly. She also served as Programming Director at the Muscular Dystrophy Association and
as a research assistant at SUNY College of Technology in Marcy.
Commissioner Destito has been recognized for her dedication to New York State, including the
"Friends of Law Enforcement" award from the New York State Correctional Officers & Police
Benevolent Association and the YWCA's "Salute to Outstanding Women in Government" award.
Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said, "It is an honor to join my Senate colleagues in
confirming RoAnn Destito as Commissioner of the Office of General Services, and I applaud
Governor Cuomo for putting this fine nomination forward. As Chairwoman of the Assembly's
Committee on Governmental Operations, she is certainly well qualified to run OGS. I am
confident that RoAnn Destito will utilize the skill and grace she exemplified as a member of the
State Assembly to lead this office, and will ensure we deliver services in a way that saves
taxpayers even more of their hard-earned money."
Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair of the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government
Operations, said, "It has been an honor to serve in the Legislature with RoAnn. She is a first class
legislator and even a better person. Governor Cuomo made a great decision in selecting RoAnn
to be the Commissioner of OGS. I look forward to working with her and wish her well in this
Senator Daniel L. Squadron, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Investigations and
Government Operations, said, "I'm pleased to support RoAnn Destito's confirmation as the new
Commissioner of the Office of General Services. Commissioner Destito has extensive
knowledge and experience, and I look forward to working with her as she continues to serve the
people of New York. I am sure that her constituents' loss will be the whole state's gain."
Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings said, "Governor Cuomo could not have made a better choice
in selecting RoAnn Destito to lead the Office of General Services and I congratulate
Commissioner Destito on her confirmation. For almost two decades, Commissioner Destito
served in the Assembly and dedicated herself first and foremost to her constituents. Now, all
New Yorkers will benefit with RoAnn at the helm of OGS as she makes government work more
effectively and efficiently for the people of our state."
Heather Briccetti, Acting-President & CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc.,
said, "I commend Governor Andrew Cuomo for choosing RoAnn Destito to be the new
Commissioner of the Office of General Services. As a dedicated state legislator, she was a
steadfast advocate for improving the upstate economy and she worked with the business
community to attract new jobs to the state. We congratulate her on her confirmation and look
forward to our continued work with her."