Cuomo names AFL-CIO official his new labor commissioner!

By Jimmy Vielkind 5:05 p.m. | Sep. 24, 2015

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is tapping an AFL-CIO official as his next commissioner of labor, the administration announced in a press release.

Roberta Reardon — who had previously headed the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists when it merged with the Screen Actors Guild — will take the agency’s reins from Mario Musolino. He has been the acting commissioner since Peter Rivera, a former assemblyman, retired at the end of Cuomo’s first term.

A Labor Department spokesman said Musolino will not retire but will re-assume his old position as executive deputy commissioner.

“These individuals bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge, and I am proud to welcome them to this administration,” Cuomo said in a press release announcing the appointments of Reardon and seven other women and three other men. “I thank them for their commitment to public service and I look forward to working with them to keep moving New York forward.

The governor — who the Wall Street Journal has reported does not have a speechwriter — announced that Pam Widener has been hired as “speechwriter for the Executive Chamber.” She previously has freelanced for VH1 and HBO.

In the various state agencies, Cuomo announced he had hired Nathaalie Carey, a former aide to Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, to serve as chief financial officer at the Department of Labor. Betsy Mallow and RuthAnne Visnauskas will take senior positions at the Division of Homes and Community Renewal. Heriberto Barbot will become deputy commission of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and James Regalbuto will be deputy superintendent at the state’s Department of Financial Services.

Brian Conley, an assistant district attorney in Albany, is joining Linda Lacewell’s army of compliance officers. Conley will be posted at the Office of General Services.

Here is the press release announcing the appointments:
First off, congratulations to Ms. Reardon! Look to those who read this column it ain’t no secret I’m not one of her biggest fans! My big question is that if she remains on the National SAG-AFTRA board won’t that represent a possible Conflict of Interest?  (Any responses welcomed.)


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