Governor nominates RoAnn Destito for Commissioner of Office of General Services

ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that he has nominated Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito to serve as Commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services (OGS).

Assemblywoman Destito currently serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations which includes legislative oversight of OGS. She has represented the people of the 116th Assembly District since 1992.

During her time in office, Assemblywoman Destito has worked to advance Minority and Women owned Business Enterprises and promoted legislation strengthening ethics and lobbying laws. She has championed open government initiatives and worked to support New York military families. In addition, she was an integral part of the team that convinced the Federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission to keep the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome intact, saving almost 1,000 jobs.

Prior to her election, Assemblywoman Destito spent a decade working for the New York State Assembly. She also served as Programming Director at the Muscular Dystrophy and as a research assistant at SUNY College of Technology in Marcy, NY.

Assemblywoman Destito has been recognized for her dedication to New York State, including the "Friends of Law Enforcement" award from the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, and the YWCA's "Salute to Outstanding Women in Government" award.

Governor Cuomo said, "While often unheralded or unseen, state operations are critically important to the mission of good government. Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito has the essential credentials for Commissioner of Office of General Services. During her 19 years in the New York State Assembly, she has proven to be a dedicated public servant who puts needs of her constituents and New Yorkers first. She has demonstrated the type of professionalism and business savvy required for this significant position."

Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings said, "Having a leader like RoAnn Destito running the Office of General Services is a positive step for New York. She has the experience and understanding of state government operations that are needed to run an agency as important as the Office of General Services. I am fully confident that she will serve the people of New York with the same excellence that she is known for in the 116th Assembly District. I commend Governor Cuomo for his wise choice to fill this vital position."

Frank Elias, President of the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce said, "We support the nomination of RoAnn Destito as Commissioner of the Office of General Services. Assemblywoman Destito has served our Mohawk Valley region well for the past 19 years. Her extensive oversight experience regarding public buildings lends itself to the core mission of OGS. The Governor should be commended for recognizing Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito for this very important position. The Mohawk Valley region is proud of RoAnn and knows that she will serve the people of the State of New York well in her new capacity."

Heather Briccetti, Acting-President & CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc., said, "RoAnn Destito is a strong advocate for improving the upstate economy. As a legislator she has worked closely with the business community to attract business and jobs. The Business Council has worked closely with her as a legislator and looks forward to working with her at OGS. We congratulate her on this nomination and believe that Governor Andrew Cuomo has made an excellent choice."

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