Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced new appointments to his administration.
"From fighting for equal rights and opportunity to strengthening the economy and creating thousands of new jobs in the industries of tomorrow, this administration has fought and continues to fight to improve the lives of all New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "I welcome these talented public servants to their new roles, where we will work together to build on the extraordinary progress we have made over the past eight years to create a stronger, fairer and more prosperous New York for all."
Lindsey Boylan has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Special Advisor to the Governor. She previously served as Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President at Empire State Development. Prior to joining the agency, Lindsey spent several years in municipal finance, ultimately as Vice President, at RBC Capital Markets. Earlier, she served in an executive role steering operations and business development for three interconnected New York City business improvement districts, public-private partnerships best known for their restoration of Midtown's iconic Bryant Park. Lindsey also worked for noted urban planner Alexander Garvin, focusing on a master planning and management process for a 4,500-acre park in Memphis, Tennessee. She is a graduate of Columbia Business School and received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College, where she was elected Student Body President.
Michael Schmidt has been appointed Senior Economic Advisor to the Governor. Mr. Schmidt most recently served as Deputy Secretary for Economic Development, where he oversaw policy and operations for twelve state agencies and authorities, including Empire State Development, the Department of Taxation and Finance, the Division of Homes and Community Renewal, and the Department of State. Previously, Mr. Schmidt served as economic policy advisor to Hillary Clinton during in her 2016 presidential campaign, where he led the development of Secretary Clinton's agenda on financial regulation, trade, infrastructure, housing, small business, and economic development. He has also served in the Office of Domestic Finance at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and as a Senior Financial Analyst at the Yale Investments Office. He holds a J.D. and a B.A from Yale.
Zackary Knaub has been appointed First Assistant Counsel to the Governor. Mr. Knaub most recently served as Assistant Counsel to the Governor, handling energy and environmental matters. Before joining the Executive Chamber, Mr. Knaub served as Regional Attorney for the Department of Environmental Conservation, managing the Department's legal affairs for the lower Hudson River Valley. Prior to his state service, he was a partner in the Shlansky Law Group, a boutique commercial and environmental litigation law firm, and an associate in the New York City office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. He began his legal career as a pro se and motions law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He graduated cum laude from Cardozo Law School, and holds a M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. with honors from the University of Iowa.
Carolyn Pokorny has been appointed Special Counsel for Public Integrity. She most recently served as Chief Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk and Compliance. Previously, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. Prior, she spent nearly fifteen years with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, where she held a number of leadership positions, including Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. She received the U.S. Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, and the Federal Prosecutor of the Year award from the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation. Ms. Pokorny began her career as a prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney's Office and then clerked for federal judge Arthur D. Spatt on Long Island. She has a B.A. from New York University, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
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Source: The Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo