Governor Hochul Announces New Administration Appointments

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Governor Kathy Hochul today announced new appointments to the administration.

“As we move our state forward, it’s critical that we have the best and brightest team to help bring real change to New Yorkers,” Governor Hochul said. “These exceptional people have a proven track record in public service and have the skills and tenacity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of New Yorkers, and I look forward to continuing to address the most pressing challenges in the world. state with them.”

Stacy Lynch had been named Chief of Staff to the Governor. Stacy served in the Executive Chamber for nearly a year, first as chief of staff to the lieutenant governor and most recently as senior adviser to the governor. Previously, Stacy served as Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the Mayor of New York. In this role, she managed relationships and interactions between city agencies and key community and government stakeholders while leading public affairs for former first lady Chirlane McCray. Having served in Mayor de Blasio’s office for nearly a decade, Stacy has worked on a variety of projects, including distributing PPE, developing the framework for the Sisters and Brothers Thrive program, identifying resources for keeping the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center open, and more. Stacy also founded and leads Daughters of the Movement in her spare time, which is a sisterhood of women who have come together to continue their legacy of service and commitment to the fight for justice and equality. Stacy received her Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac University and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampton University.

minelly From Coo had been named Deputy Director of Infrastructure. In this role, she leads the statewide coordination and implementation of various programs funded by the bipartisan Federal Infrastructure Act, and provides strategic support on priority construction projects. Prior to joining the state, Minelly served as Director of Capital Projects in the Office of the Mayor of New York, where she managed the delivery of complex, multi-party projects for the city. She began her career in engineering consulting working on a wide range of transit, bridge and facility development projects. Minelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from NYU Tandon School of Engineering and a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

Sita Fey had been named Assistant Secretary for Appointments and Human Resources. Sita most recently served as Assistant Appointments Secretary. She joined the Executive Chamber as a Senior Advisor for the Executive Transition Team. Previously, Sita was Director of Policy at the Ministry of Agriculture and Markets. She entered state government through the Empire State Fellows program and served as a senior adviser to Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. Prior to public service, Sita was an educator and cultural change agent holding positions as School Library Media Specialist at Cooperstown Central School, and Elementary School Teacher and Afterschool Program Educator in the Oneonta City School District. . A proud Oneonta resident, Sita is actively involved in her community and is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Opportunities for Otsego. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education from SUNY Oneonta, a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Albany, an Advanced Certificate in Administration from education from SUNY Cortland and also studied human resources at Albany Law.

Nicole Migliore had been named Chief of Staff to the Director of State Operations. In this role, Nicole will support the Director of State Operations in managing 12 policy portfolio teams and over 70 state agencies and authorities. Prior to joining the Executive Chamber, Nicole was deputy campaign manager for a New York City mayoral campaign and previously served as a political and intergovernmental adviser in the office of the New York City Mayor and chief of staff to a member of the Assembly of New York State. Nicole is a first-generation graduate and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability from Columbia University. She grew up and resides in Staten Island.

Edgar Santana had been named Deputy Secretary to the Governor. Edgar previously served as Downstate’s director of regional affairs in the Executive House. Prior to joining the Executive Chamber, he served as Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the Eastern Region Labor Organizing Fund. Earlier in his career, Edgar served as Deputy Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Committee and Northeast Political Director to Hillary Clinton for President in 2008. Prior to his New York State duties, Edgar has served on various boards of directors, as a trustee. for the Yonkers School Board and Co-Chair of the 2020 Westchester County Census Full Count Committee. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration and MBA from Fordham University. He also earned a Master of Science in Public Administration from Wilmington University, Wilson Graduate Center.

Todd Westhuis had been named Deputy Director of State Operations. Todd has held several leadership positions in the public sector. Most recently, Todd was chief of staff at the New York State Department of Transportation. In this role, Todd helped run an agency with a staff of 8,200 providing oversight and guidance to support operations. As Hudson Valley Regional Director, he served as the chief and administrator of the larger NYSDOT region, and was responsible for overseeing and managing NYSDOT programs in Westchester Counties. , Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia and Ulster. In addition to his statewide roles, Todd also served in the United States Army as a cavalry officer. He is an engineer by trade and received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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