Mr. Rohatyn is currently Senior Advisor to the Chairman and CEO at Lazard. He returned to the company after enjoying a nearly 50-year career at Lazard, both as Partner and Managing Director. He departed in 1997 to serve as US Ambassador to France under President Clinton, and went on to head his own private advisory firm, Rohatyn Associates.
Mr. Rohatyn is a trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on multiple boards, including the Boards of Directors of Publicis Groupe SA and Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey. He was chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation (MAC) of the State of New York from 1975 to 1993, where he successfully restructured New York City’s debt and resolved its financial crisis in the late 1970s. He also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Stock Exchange from 1968 to 1972.
Mr. Rohatyn was appointed by the Governor.
Mr. Hughes currently serves as Senior Advisor at Brown & Weinraub, and is the former President of the New York State AFL-CIO. He held the position from 1999 through 2011, and has been a member of the union since 1968.
Mr. Hughes also served as Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and was appointed to a three year term as Commissioner of the New York State Insurance Fund. He has participated in multiple commissions, including the New York State Commission on State Asset Maximization, as well as the Governor’s Spending and Government Efficiency Commission.
Mr. Hughes was appointed by the Governor.
Ms. Kellermann is currently the President of the Citizens Budget Commission, and has over 25 years of experience as a public service leader. Prior to joining the Citizens Budget Commission, Ms. Kellerman was Interim Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and PENCIL, Inc., and a consultant to City University of New York. She has also served as Executive Director and CEO of the September 11 Fund, as well as Executive Director of Learning Leaders, the oldest and largest volunteer program in the New York City public schools. Ms. Kellermann has been chief of staff to Congressman Charles E. Schumer and held various executive positions in New York City government, including Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Finance.
Ms. Kellermann was appointed by the Governor
Mayor Brown is the 58th Mayor of the City of Buffalo. He was reelected to a second four-year term as Mayor of New York State’s second largest city following a landslide victory in 2009. His commitment to prudent and conservative budgeting has made Buffalo more competitive for investment, safer for residents and visitors, and fiscally stable.
Under Mayor Brown's leadership, property tax rates have dropped by over 15% in Buffalo which now has the lowest property taxes among New York's largest upstate cities, and downtown Buffalo has experienced a surge of economic development, fueled by the rapidly growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and Buffalo's newly revitalized waterfront. Mayor Brown's career in public service is marked with many historic achievements, including the first African-American Mayor of Buffalo and the first African-American elected to the State Senate outside of New York City. He currently serves on multiple boards, including Governor Andrew Cuomo's Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.
Mayor Brown was appointed by the Governor.
Mr. Fishman is President of 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU). With 120,000 members in eight states and the District of Columbia, 32BJ is the largest private-sector union in New York State and the largest property services union in the country.
The grandson of a union carpenter who taught him the trade, Mr. Fishman’s career as a labor activist began when he joined the carpenters’ union. After nearly 20 years in that union, he joined SEIU in 1996 as Assistant to the President and then Chief of Staff. Today, as President of 32BJ, Mr. Fishman serves on the Executive Council of the New York State AFL-CIO and Vice President of the New York City Central Labor Council.
In 2011, Mr. Fishman was named by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to the New York City Regional Economic Development Council, and two years earlier he was the only labor leader named to New York Magazine’s “Power Dozen.” Mr. Fishman has received numerous honors, including from the National Action Network and Alianza Dominica. He was raised in Queens and Connecticut, where he attended public schools. He is married, has a daughter, and lives in New York City.
Mr. Fishman was appointed by the Governor.
Mr. Goldmark serves as a consultant to foundations and non-profits, and writes a weekly column for Newsday. Mr. Goldmark has held significant leadership positions in both the public and private sectors for over forty years. He has served as chairman and CEO of the International Herald Tribune, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the budget director for the State of New York during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, where he helped engineer the rescue of the city and the state’s public authorities. He also served as president of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1988 through 1997, encouraging its involvement in both environmental and energy related issues.
Mr. Goldmark was appointed by the Governor.
Mr. LaBarbera has served since 2009 as president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, an organization consisting of local affiliates of 15 national and international unions representing 100,000 working men and women in New York City.
Prior to serving as president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, Mr. LaBarbera served organized labor in several other capacities, including president of the New York City Central Labor Council, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 16 and president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 282. Having been actively involved in the Teamsters since the early 1980s, Mr. LaBarbera served as a steward prior to being appointed as a business agent. He was one of the first members of Local 282 to graduate from the Labor Studies Program at Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations in 1994.
Mr. LaBarbera is currently a vice president of the New York City Central Labor Council and a vice president of the New York State AFL-CIO. He serves on the NYC Committee on Construction Work Force and Contracting Opportunity as an appointee of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and on the New York City Regional Economic Development Council as an appointee of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Mr. LaBarbera was appointed by the Governor.
Mayor Miner was elected in 2009 as the 53rd Mayor of the City of Syracuse. Since her election, she has served as a champion on a wide range of issues, including public safety, fiscal reform, and economic development. She has taken her background as a long time labor attorney and used that to negotiate fair deals with public worker unions, developers, and major non-profits benefiting city taxpayers. Mayor Miner previously served as an at-large member of the Syracuse Common Council and was a staff member for both Governor Mario Cuomo and Geraldine Ferraro. Mayor Miner is a graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Law and Syracuse University.
Mayor Miner was appointed by the Governor.
Mr. Yaro is President of Regional Plan Association, the nation’s oldest independent metropolitan policy, research, and advocacy group. RPA promotes the livability, vitality, and sustainability of the New York metropolitan region.
Mr. Yaro led development of and co-authored RPA’s Third Regional Plan, A Region at Risk, and has authored and co-authored numerous papers on articles on planning and infrastructure for the five boroughs and the metropolitan region. He founded and co-chairs America 2050, RPA’s initiative to create a national development and infrastructure plan. He has worked for years to protect important landscapes and develop parks and public spaces in New York and New England.
Mr. Yaro is a member of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Sustainability Advisory Board, which helped prepare PlaNYC 2030, and of New York City’s Waterfront Advisory Committee. He is co-chair of the Empire State Transportation Alliance, on the board of the Forum for Urban Design, and an honorary member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. In addition to leading RPA, Mr. Yaro is Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and has consulted on city and regional planning issues across the United States and in Europe, China, Japan, Turkey, and North Africa.
Mr. Yaro was appointed by the Governor.
Mr. Cameron is Chairman of the Long Island Regional Planning Council and Founder and Managing Partner of Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP. Mr. Cameron’s professional career of over forty years is focused on the areas of planning and mechanical, electrical, civil, and environmental engineering. Cameron Engineering & Associates is a multidisciplined consulting engineering firm that specializes in both public and private sector engineering.
Mr. Cameron was appointed by the Senate Majority Leader.
Mr. Mujica is the Chief of Staff to the New York State Senate Majority and also serves as Secretary to the Senate Finance Committee. In addition to coordinating senior and central staff activities for the Senate Majority, Mr. Mujica is the Senate’s chief fiscal advisor, where his responsibilities include analyzing and developing budget and fiscal proposals for the Senate Majority, as well as conducting policy negotiations on the Majority’s behalf.
Mr. Mujica was appointed by the Senate Majority Leader.
Assemblyman Canestrari served 11 terms in the New York State Assembly representing the 106th Assembly District, which consists of parts of Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. It includes Cohoes, his hometown where he previously served as Mayor for thirteen years, sections of the cities of Albany and Troy, and the communities of East Greenbush, Green Island, North Greenbush, Rensselaer, Waterford, and Watervliet.
Assemblyman Canestrari was appointed to the position of Majority Leader on January 3, 2007 by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. As Majority Leader, he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the legislative session on the floor of the Assembly. In this capacity, Assemblyman Canestrari set the daily agenda, and oversaw the debate and voting procedures on all legislation. Prior to his ascension to Majority Leader, he served as Chairman of the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee, where he was the leading advocate for students throughout New York State.
During his tenure as Mayor of the City of Cohoes, Assemblyman Canestrari was an active member of the New York State Conference of Mayors and served as the organization’s president. His experience as a former mayor gives him first-hand knowledge of the struggles and challenges facing upstate cities. Throughout his career in the State Legislature, he was a champion of several critical economic development initiatives for the Capital Region. Assemblyman Canestrari is relied on to be a voice for the continued revitalization of the Capital Region and all of upstate New York.
Assemblyman Canestrari was appointed by the Assembly Majority Leader.
Assemblyman Farrell was elected to the State Assembly in 1974 from a district that encompasses Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood.
In March of 1994, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver appointed Assemblyman Farrell Chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Assemblyman Farrell is also a member of the Rules Committee and the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, as well as the New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force. From 1979 until 1994, Assemblyman Farrell was Chairman of the Assembly Banks Committee, during which time Governor Mario M. Cuomo appointed him to the Temporary Committee on Interstate Banking. From 1981 to 1984, Assemblyman Farrell conducted a course at the New School for Social Research on Banking in New York. In 1981-82, he was Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions of the National Conference of State Legislators.
Prior to his first election in 1970, to the two-year position of State Committeeman, Assemblyman Farrell worked for a State Supreme Court Justice. In 1973, he was elected District Leader, and in April 1981 he was elected New York County Democratic Leader, a position he held until he stepped down in September 2009, making him the longest-serving New York County Leader. In 1983, Assemblyman Farrell was elected Vice Chair of the State Democratic Party, a position he held for ten years. He became a member of the Democratic National Committee in 1988, a position he still holds. In 2001 he was elected Chairman of the state party, resigning following the election of Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson. Three times he has been an Elector in the Electoral College.
During those years, Assemblyman Farrell has been guided by pursuit of expanded educational opportunity for youth and by pursuit of more enjoyable golden years for those of advanced age by investment in medical research, and will continue to pursue both of these goals.
Assemblyman Farrell was appointed by the Assembly Majority Leader.
Ms. Brandenburg is an Associate Director of the Rockefeller Foundation. As an Associate Director, she works on program initiatives that pertain broadly to economic development, including managing the Foundation's impact investing initiative. She has also been responsible for an exploratory initiative on green jobs, which focuses on models for using energy efficiency retrofits and other areas of the clean economy to create and sustain good jobs for low-income workers at scale.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Brandenburg worked in the fields of microfinance and community development finance. She has held positions at Shorebank, the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) and the African Development Bank, and has advised microfinance and community development institutions in the US and Africa. She also chairs the Board of Brooklyn Cooperative Credit Union.
Ms. Brandenberg was appointed by the Senate Minority Leader.
Mr. Cudney is currently Executive VP, secretary of the executive board, and manager of the Syracuse office of Beardsley Design Associates. He has over 30 years in private practice—in 1987, he founded an engineering design firm and grew the practice before merging it with Beardsley Design in 2000. Beardsley Design, which traces its history to 1898, is an architecture, engineering, and landscape architecture design firm serving clients throughout the United States and primarily in the government, educational, and healthcare market sectors.
Mr. Cudney serves on local boards and is also an active member of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Empire State Chapter, serving on the Government Relations Committee and the CNY Regional Council.
Mr. Cudney was appointed by the Assembly Minority Leader.
Margaret Tobin is the Executive Director of the New York Works Task Force. With professional experience in project finance, real estate development and economic development, she brings both public and private sector expertise to New York State government.
Ms. Tobin is an expert in large-scale projects with complex financial, legal, and political challenges. While serving in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Finance and Economic Development, she oversaw major redevelopment projects including the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Staten Island Homeport, and Renaissance Marriott Hotel. As the EVP & CFO of the Hudson River Park Conservancy she led the successful development of the Hudson River Park, the first new park in New York City in a generation, and negotiated the lease to create the highly successful Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex. As a senior real estate executive at Vornado Realty Trust and Thor Equities, Ms. Tobin developed more than 60 projects in office, hotel, retail, and mixed use developments.
Ms. Tobin earned an M.B.A. from Stanford University, and an A.B. in American History from Vassar College.