ALBANY, N.Y. – Less than a day before Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is set to take on the role of governor, she named two new members of her senior staff.
Karen Perischilli Keogh will be secretary to the governor and Elizabeth Fine will serve as Hochul’s counsel.
“Karen Persichilli Keogh and Elizabeth Fine bring the depth of knowledge, leadership,and experience that it will take to meet the challenges New Yorkers face,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "As Governor, I will assemble a strong team to turn the corner on the pandemic and serve the best interests of New York, whether it's defeating COVID, getting more people vaccinated, or strengthening our economy."
Keogh was part of Hillary Clinton’s senior staff during her time as a U.S. senator. She has worked at JP Morgan Chase since 2010, most recently as the head of global philanthropy.
Fine is the executive vice president and general counsel of Empire State Development, which is New York’s economic development agency. She formerly served as general counsel of the New York City Council, and prior to that, worked in the U.S. Justice Department as counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno.
Hochul will become governor Tuesday, Aug. 24.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will serve as lieutenant governor until Hochul appoints someone to take on that role.