Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the confirmation of the new administration nominees by the Senate.
“New Yorkers deserve the best and brightest public servants to lead us into a new era for New York,” Governor Hochul said. “These nominees will help ensure that every corner of New York is served by the best of the best. I couldn’t have more faith in these dedicated public servants and am thrilled to see the progress they will make in our great state.
Brigadier General Denise M. Donnell promoted to Major General (two stars) of the Air National Guard was confirmed by the Senate. Donnell was selected as a full-time Assistant Adjutant General – Air, a state-appointed position at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs in Latham, NY, and Commander of the New York Air National Guard. Prior to this appointment, she served as the 105th Airlift Wing, which is based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. Donnell has commanded the wing since 2017. Donnell has more than 4,000 flight hours in aircraft ranging from the Navy’s C-5 Galaxy transport to the Navy’s P3 Orion patrol aircraft. She began her career in the New York Air National Guard in 2002. Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. .
Darryl C. Cities was confirmed to sit on the Parole Board. Mr. Towns is a former member of the New York State Assembly from 1993 to 2011. In addition to that, Mr. Towns served as Commissioner and CEO of New York State Homes and Community Renewal from 2011 to 2015. At the Department of Housing and Community Renewal, Mr. Towns was able to help position New York as the most active issuer of state housing bonds in the nation. After leaving UNHCR in 2015, Mr. Towns served as regional director of government affairs for American Airlines. Overseeing the Northeast Corridor, Mr. Towns was responsible for state and federal legislation, in addition to liaising with local advocacy and community groups. Mr. Towns is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Lily fan was confirmed for a new term in National Liquor Authority. Ms. Fan has been a member of the State Liquor Authority since 2018. Ms. Fan is the first Asian American woman to serve as Commissioner of the State Liquor Authority. Prior to joining the State Liquor Authority, Ms. Fan worked in the office of State Senator Daniel Squadron, Massachusetts Governor Argeo Paul Celluci and various law firms. In addition, Ms. Fan serves on her local community board, is a member of the New York Bar Association and the National Committee on US-China Relations. Ms. Fan is active in television, documentary films and on Broadway, where she is also a board member of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Ms. Fan resides in New York.
Freida Foster was confirmed for a new term as Vice-Chairman of the Workmen’s Compensation Board. Ms. Foster was first appointed to the board in 2009 by Governor David A. Paterson. As Vice President, Ms. Foster brings her extensive professional experience in education, government services and public relations. Ms. Foster began her career in government as Director of the Governor’s Office for Community Affairs, Director of Partnerships for Harlem Armory, Speechwriter and Assistant to the Governor for African American Affairs. Ms. Foster is a former trustee of the City University of New York.
Lora Rowe was confirmed at Home for veterans and their dependents in Oxford. Ms. Rowe is an executive assistant at Preferred Mutual Insurance Company. In addition to this, Mrs. Rowe has been part of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1988. Mrs. Rowe joined this organization following her father’s service in World War II. Ms. Rowe is currently a Parliamentarian for Sherburne Unit and Sergeant-at-Arms for Chenango County. Ms. Rowe was a former president of the American Legion Auxiliary’s 6th District.
Chester Edward II was confirmed to sit on the Board of Visitors at the Home for Veterans and their Dependents at Montrose. Mr. Edwards is a Vietnam veteran who served in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1972. Since leaving the armed forces, Mr. Edwards has been employed by numerous companies in Westchester and New York, including the New York Department of Education, General Electric Credit Corp., Cadbury Schweppes, US Food & Beverage Div. and Burns International Security. Services. From 2003 to 2018, Mr. Edwards was a member of the New York Guard (NYS) where he held the rank of Colonel. COL Edwards is currently Executive Director of the Westchester County Veterans Alliance, Inc. Mr. Edwards resides in Port Chester, New York with his wife Mary.
Fay Christian was confirmed to serve on Roosevelt Island Operating Company. Ms. Christian is a resident of Roosevelt Island and was previously appointed to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation by Governor David A. Paterson in 2008. Ms. Christian has spent most of her career in New York City public schools in both primary and intermediate. a school teacher from 1984 to 2014. Ms. Christian began her career in New York City working for marketing companies such as Ogilvy & Mathers and Abraham & Cavell Advertising.
Stanley Delia was confirmed to sit on the Oswego Port Authority. Mr. Delia is a permanent resident of Oswego County who retired from Oswego Valley Insurance Agencies as Director of Life and Health. In addition to this, Mr. Delia was a financial advisor with IBN Financial Services and managed a small business in Oswego County for 14 years. Mr. Delia is a graduate of Suny Oswego.
Kathleen Macy was confirmed to sit on the Oswego Port Authority. Ms. Macey has been a professor at SUNY Oswego since 1977. Ms. Macey received the Newman Center Community Service Award.
Sophie Liberator was confirmed at Veterans Home Visitors Council and their dependents in Oxford. Ms. Liberatore served as President of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189 for over 5 years. Additionally, from 2019 to 2021, Ms. Liberatore served as President of the 6th District of the American Legion Department of New York. In her local community, Ms Liberatore is a Norwich Volunteer Firefighter and President of the Rotary Club of Norwich. Ms. Liberatore has spent more than 40 years working for Frontier Communications in Central, New York.
Diana Zeller was confirmed to sit on the Oswego Port Authority. Ms. Zeller has been an English teacher at SUNY Oswego since 2001. Ms. Zeller received her BA and MA from SUNY Oswego. Ms. Zeller is a former substitute teacher for Fulton Oswego School Districts.
Masterful Lynn was confirmed to sit on the Veterans Services Commission. Ms. Magistrale is Program Director at WNY Heroes. In this role, Ms. Magistrale oversees outreach to transitioning service members and families, including providing veterans with access to essential services, financial assistance and resources that support their lives.