NY Gov. Cuomo Appointments May 16, 2011 by NYDNDailyPolitics

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									Benjamin M. Lawsky was nominated to be the Superintendent of the Department of
Financial Services.

Governor Cuomo created the Department of Financial Services (DFS) by merging the
New York State Banking Department and the New York State Department of Insurance
as part of the 2011-12 budget. The DFS is designed to better regulate modern financial
services organizations.
By combining the Banking and Insurance Departments into a unified financial regulator,
the new Department of Financial Services will be a more efficient, modern, and
comprehensive regulator of the financial sector.

Mr. Lawsky is currently the Governor's Chief of Staff. He previously served as the
Deputy Counselor and Special Assistant throughout the administration of then-Attorney
General Cuomo.

Prior to that, Mr. Lawsky spent more than five years as an Assistant United States
Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted securities fraud,
organized crime, and terrorism cases. Previous to that, Mr. Lawsky served as Chief
Counsel to Senator Charles Schumer on the Senate Judiciary Committee and as a Trial
Attorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice.

James J. Wrynn will be appointed to serve as Deputy Superintendent of Financial
Services. Most recently, Mr. Wrynn was the Superintendent for the New York State
Insurance Department. Prior to that, he spent 25 years as a trial attorney focusing in the
areas of life, accident and health insurance, property and casualty insurance, general
liability insurance, insurance coverage disputes, professional malpractice, and product

Fernando Ferrer was nominated to be a member of the board of the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority.

Mr. Ferrer was the Bronx Borough President from 1987-2001 and a New York City
Mayoral candidate in 2001 and 2005. In addition, he was a member of the New York
City Council from 1982 to 1987.

Jonathan Sheffer was nominated to be a member of the Council on the Arts.

Mr. Sheffer is a conductor and composer who founded the Eos Orchestra in NY, and
has appeared as a guest conductor around the world. He is a graduate of Harvard
University and later was a student at Juilliard Extension and Aspen School of Music.
He currently serves as the New York City Council Speaker's designee to the board of
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Governor Cuomo also announced the nominations of members to the Public Health and
Health Planning Council:
·      Arthur Aaron Levin: a member of several patient advocacy groups and current
Director of the Center for Medical Consumers
·      Ellen E. Grant: Director of the Cornerstone Manor of the Buffalo City Mission, a
women’s and children’s shelter, and Managing Partner of First Advantage Consulting
·      Angel Alfonso Gutierrez: Doctor under contract by the Office of Professional
Medical Conduct at the New York State Department of Health office in Buffalo
·      John M Palmer: Executive Director of the Harlem Hospital Center and
Renaissance Health Care Network
·      Victoria Hines: President & CEO of the Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester &
Monroe County
·      Chris Booth: President & COO of Lifetime Healthcare Companies/Excellus Blue
Cross Blue Shield in Rochester
·      Jeffrey Kraut: Senior Vice President, Strategy at North Shore-LIJ Health System
·      John Rugge: Founder, CEO, and physician at Hudson Headwaters Health
Network in Queensbury
·      Howard Berliner: Former Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy
and Management at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health
·      Ann Marie Theresa Sullivan: Senior Vice President of the Queens Health Network
·      Glenn Martin: Director of Medical Informatics at Queens Health Network and
Associate Director of the Program for the Protection of Human Subjects at the Mt. Sinai
School of Medicine
·      Anderson Torres Ph.D: Director of Health Initiatives at Bon Secours New York
Health System Schervier Nursing Care Center, and an Adjunct Professor at Fordham
University Graduate School of Social Services, Westchester Campus.
Other than Mr. Wrynn, these nominations are subject to Senate confirmation.

John T. Milgrim was appointed to serve as Deputy Inspector General for Public Affairs.

Mr. Milgrim has most recently been serving as the Governor’s Director of Special
Projects. He previously served as press secretary throughout the administration of then-
Attorney General Cuomo.

Previously, Mr. Milgrim worked for 15 years as an award-winning journalist for the Dow
Jones Community Newspaper Group, the last six years of which were covering New
York State government as a member of the Legislative Correspondents Association in
the Capitol.

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