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Hochul announces new appointments to her administration

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Governor Kathy Hochul revealed a new series of appointments to her administration, boasting a group of highly-qualified individuals she believes will have a transformative impact on New York State’s future. Among the announced appointees were Maria Fernandez as Deputy Secretary for Education, Bonnie Lockwood as Regional Director of Western New York, and Albert Pulido as Deputy Secretary for Finance and Technology.


Maria Fernandez brings a wealth of experience from her time at International Business Machines (IBM) and her work as an Advisory Consultant for Employment Practices Solutions and an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School. Bonnie Lockwood, returning from a two-year retirement, brings her extensive public service experience, having served as Special Projects Director for Representative Brian Higgins and multiple capacities with the City of Buffalo. Albert Pulido, with a robust background in technology and finance, previously oversaw the City’s technology portfolio as the Director of Citywide Operations for the New York City Mayor’s Office.

In addition to these key appointments, Elizabeth Rule, an enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and a specialist in Native American Studies, has been appointed as Deputy Secretary for First Nations. Angel Vasquez, who has held roles with the United Federation of Teachers and the New York State Senate Majority Conference, has been appointed Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs. These appointments reflect the diversity and competence Governor Hochul has emphasized in strengthening her administration.



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