Cuomo's inner circle: Cohen, Zambelli, Glaser, Creelan and Lawsky
Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 12:56 PM
Andrew Cuomo taps his inner circle for the first round of jobs in his new administration.
Steven Cohen will be the Secretary, the top job in a NY governor's administration. Lots of people will be reporting directly to him, who in turn, reports directly to the governor. Cohen worked with Cuomo in the AG's office.
Ben Lawsky will be the Chief of Staff. He came over from Schumer's office, was a top aide to Cuomo in the AG's office, and has, from time to time, fielded media inquiries.
Andrew Zambelli, who was the Secretary to Governor Mario Cuomo, will be a Counselor to the new Governor Cuomo.
Howard Glaser, who worked with the younger Cuomo at the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be director of State Operations.
Jeremy Creelan, who supported Cuomo in his political career and helped shape his reform agenda, will be the Special Counsel for Public Integrity and Ethics Reform.
Cuomo, who has been known to call reporters directly, has not yet named a director of communications.
Here's the announcement:
Governor-elect Cuomo announced the following appointments:· Steven M. Cohen will serve as Secretary to the Governor.Mr. Cohen served as Counselor & Chief of Staff to New York StateAttorney General Andrew M. Cuomo. Prior to joining the New York StateAttorney General's Office, Mr. Cohen was a partner at Cooley GodwardKronish LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s LitigationDepartment. Mr. Cohen also served for a decade as an adjunctprofessor at Columbia Law School teaching a course in federalcriminal prosecutions and served as the Chair of The Mayor’sCommittee on New York City Marshals. Before entering privatepractice, from 1991 to 1998, Mr. Cohen was an Assistant United StatesAttorney in the Southern District of New York, where he served asChief of the Violent Gangs Unit. Before joining the U.S. Attorney'sOffice, Mr. Cohen served as a law clerk to the Honorable StanelySporkin, U.S. District Judge and then the Honorable Frank X.Altimari, U.S. Appellate Judge.· Mylan L. Denerstein will serve as Counsel to the Governor.Ms. Denerstein has served as the Executive Deputy Attorney Generalfor Social Justice from January 2007 to the present managing almost100 attorneys statewide in the areas of Charities, Civil Rights,Environmental Protection, Health Care, Labor, and TobaccoCompliance. Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Denerstein servedas the Deputy Fire Commissioner for Legal Affairs for the New YorkCity Fire Department, the largest municipal fire department in thecountry. From 1996 - 2005, Ms. Denerstein served in the United StatesAttorney’s Office, Southern District, first as an Assistant UnitedStates Attorney, prosecuting complex securities and insurance fraud,money laundering and organized crime. She later became Deputy Chiefof the Criminal Division where she assisted in managing the CriminalDivision with over 100 Assistant United States Attorneys.· Yrthya A. Dinzey-Flores will serve as the Chief DiversityOfficer. Ms. Dinzey-Flores previously served as Manager at the ToyotaUSA Foundation and Program Officer for National Philanthropy Programsat Toyota Motor North America. She also served as a communityrelations and philanthropic consultant for the NovartisPharmaceuticals Corporation. Prior to that she was Director of theOffice of School CBO Partnerships at the New York City Department ofEducation, managing relationships and providing support to more than350 community-based organizations. The Chief Diversity Officer is oneof three statutorily required positions within the executive chamber,along with the Secretary and the Counsel. The Chief DiversityOfficer’s task is to reform and strengthen the State’s programs andefforts encouraging the growth of Minority and Women’s BusinessEnterprises within the state government and in the private sector.· Andrew “Drew” Zambelli will serve as Counselor to theGovernor. In that capacity he will serve as senior advisor to theGovernor and be responsible for the oversight and strategicintegration of the communications, inter-governmental, legislativeand constituency efforts of the Office of the Governor. From 1985 to1994, he served in the administration of Governor Mario M. Cuomoincluding as Secretary to the Governor from 1991 to 1994. Since1995, he has been a market strategy and research consultant tocorporate, political and non-profit clients including many Fortune500 corporations. During this period, he has been affiliated withStrategic Frameworking, Inc. of Washington and Massachusetts andSummit Strategy Group, LLC which he founded in 2007.· Judge Leslie G. Leach will serve as Appointments Secretary.Judge Leach was appointed Executive Deputy Attorney General for theDivision of State Counsel in February 2007. Prior to the appointment,he had served since 2004 as the Administrative Judge of the EleventhJudicial District, Supreme Court, Queens County. Judge Leach wasappointed as a Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York byMayor David N. Dinkins in 1993, reappointed by Mayor Michael R.Bloomberg in 2002, while serving as an Acting Justice of the SupremeCourt, and was elected a Justice of Supreme Court in November 2003.He has taught Business Law at York College, CUNY, since 1982.· Howard B. Glaser will serve as Director of State Operationsand Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor. During the ClintonAdministration, Mr. Glaser served in several senior management rolesat the Department of Housing and Urban Development, includingCounselor to the Secretary, Deputy General Counsel and DeputyAssistant Secretary. After leaving HUD, Mr. Glaser was Senior VicePresident and General Counsel to the Mortgage Bankers Association inWashington, DC. At the state level, Mr. Glaser served at theDepartment of Taxation and Finance as Special Assistant to theCommissioner and in the Executive Chamber as Special Assistant to theGovernor.· Jeremy Creelan will serve as Special Counsel for PublicIntegrity and Ethics Reform. Mr. Creelan is currently a partner atthe law firm Jenner & Block LLP. Mr. Creelan joined Jenner & Blockafter serving as Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at theBrennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. Atthe Brennan Center, he developed numerous high-profile cases toreform New York’s election laws to protect voters’ rights and reducecorruption, advocated for democratic reforms in such areas as ethicsand campaign finance, and published a comprehensive analysis of thelegislative process in the New York State Assembly and Senate. In1998-99, he clerked for the Honorable Denise L. Cote, U.S. DistrictCourt for the Southern District of New York.· Benjamin Lawsky will serve as Chief of Staff. Mr. Lawskywas appointed Deputy Counselor and Special Assistant to the AttorneyGeneral in January 2007. In the Attorney General's Office, Mr.Lawsky led the nationwide investigation of the student loan industryand oversaw the investigations of Wall Street bonuses and the Bank ofAmerica-Merrill Lynch merger. Mr. Lawsky also served as GeneralCounsel of the Cuomo 2010 campaign. Prior to joining the AttorneyGeneral's Office, Mr. Lawsky served from late 2001 until 2007 as anAssistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of NewYork, where he prosecuted securities fraud, organized crime, andterrorism cases. Prior to that, Mr. Lawsky was Chief Counsel toSenator Charles E. Schumer. From 1997 to 1999, he was a TrialAttorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice inWashington.· Adam Cohen will serve as Special Policy Advisor. Mr. Cohenis a Lecturer at Yale Law School and a fellow at the Yale InformationSociety Project. He was a member of the New York Times EditorialBoard from 2002-2010, and before that, a journalist and a lawyer, alaw fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama,and a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District ofColumbia Circuit. He is the author of Nothing to Fear: FDR’s InnerCircle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America and ThePerfect Store: Inside eBay, and the co-author of American Pharaoh:Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation."