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Hochul announces new administration appointments

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Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a series of new appointments to her administration, emphasizing the need for a qualified team to address New York’s future challenges. These appointments encompass various roles, including Deputy Chief of Staff, Assistant Secretaries, and Deputy Secretaries, aimed at enhancing state governance and community engagement.

Ivan Acosta, with a background in budget and legislative roles in New York City, has been appointed Deputy Chief of Staff. Robert Calarco, previously Assistant Regional Director for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and a Suffolk County Legislator, will serve as Assistant Secretary for Long Island Intergovernmental Affairs. Shanna Cassidy, with over a decade of legislative experience, is appointed Assistant Secretary to the Governor.


Additional appointees include Colleen Deacon, named Deputy Secretary for Upstate Intergovernmental Affairs; Daniel Dornbaum, Assistant Secretary to the Governor; Stevens Martinez, Deputy Director for Long Island Intergovernmental Affairs; Jacqueline Paredes, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs; Shirley Paul, Assistant Counsel for Judiciary; Edgar Santana, Executive Deputy Secretary to the Governor; Jessica Scaperotti, Assistant Secretary for Cabinet Affairs; and Angel Vasquez, Deputy Secretary for Downstate Intergovernmental Affairs.

These appointments reflect Governor Hochul’s commitment to enhancing the effectiveness of New York State’s governance and addressing key issues with a team of experienced public servants.