Tuesday, January 5, 2010

NYC Comptroller John C. Liu Announces Leadership Team for New Administration...

New York City Comptroller John C. Liu today announced the Deputy Comptrollers of his administration.

"It has been a pleasure working with such distinguished New Yorkers that comprise the Transition Committee," said Carl McCall, former State Comptroller and Chair of Comptroller Liu's Transition Committee.

"Our search has produced a strong team of leaders that successfully met Comptroller Liu's high demands for integrity, experience and professionalism, and offers a holistic balance of continuity and room for new ideas."

Comptroller Liu stated, "Tremendous commitment to public service and bettering our City was the M.O. for everyone involved in this endeavor. I want to thank Chairperson McCall, the members and the working groups of my Transition Committee for conducting the extraordinary task of assembling my administration. I will rely on the experience, professionalism and innovation of my Deputies to manage these critical functions of the Comptroller's Office."

"I look forward to using my professional and educational experience to help Comptroller Liu make sure taxpayer money is not wasted, especially during these challenging economic times," said Councilmember Simcha Felder, newly-appointed Deputy Comptroller for Accounting & Budget.

"It is exciting to see Comptroller Liu begin his term with a top-notch team of diverse and accomplished professionals. I am confident that the Comptroller and his team will bring critical leadership to help our City move toward more robust government accountability and shared prosperity," said Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and member of the Transition Committee.

"It is a tribute to the Comptroller that such a group of diverse and talented professionals have decided to join the Comptroller's Office and help fulfill his promises of protecting the interests of all New Yorkers," said Hugh Mo, member of the Transition Committee.

"I am confident in the City's future in the hands of Comptroller Liu and his new administration made up of members who have demonstrated a commitment to public service, even to the extent of leaving a set post in the City Council to serve with our new Comptroller," said William Mulrow, member of the Transition Committee.

"The people of New York can be assured that Comptroller Liu's administration has been well-equipped with highly qualified leaders and professionals who share the Comptroller's mission and priorities for the Office," said William E. Rapfogel, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and member of the Transition Committee.

"Comptroller Liu's transition process yielded a highly talented and diverse group of senior leaders that will ensure that the office is professionally run and prepared to address the critical fiscal issues facing the city," said Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City and member of the Transition Committee.

"I am encouraged by both the depth of talent and the breadth of skills and perspectives evident in the Comptroller's new administration,"
said Denis Hughes, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, President of the New York State AFL-CIO, and member of the Transition Committee.

Senior Vice President of Citigroup's Global Community Relations Department, advising the corporation on issues of importance to the community while leveraging its resources to address key community needs. Prior to joining Citigroup, Mr. Eve served as Vice President of Government Relations for Verizon Communications. Previously, he served as Special Assistant for Political Affairs to President William Jefferson Clinton and as Head of Intergovernmental Relations for New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall.

RICARDO ELIAS MORALES - DEPUTY COMPTROLLER FOR LEGAL AFFAIRS (GENERAL COUNSEL) Served as General Counsel to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the largest public housing authority in North America with a
$3.7 billion annual budget and 11,600 employees. Mr. Morales managed a budget of over $30 million and successfully reduced outside counsel fees by approximately 50%. Mr. Morales also planned and implemented the nation's largest "shovel ready" public housing capital infrastructure reinvestment initiative involving over 70 capital projects under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. He offers extensive previous experience with high risk, complex projects that required leadership and coordination of various departments.

HON. SIMCHA FELDER - DEPUTY COMPTROLLER FOR ACCOUNTING & BUDGET Served in the New York City Council since 2002 and was previously Chairperson of the Council's Committee on Governmental Operations.
Councilmember Felder previously worked for the New York State Assembly, the City Comptroller's Office, and as a tax auditor for the New York City Department of Finance. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Management from the renowned Zicklin School of Business at CUNY's Baruch College.

GENEITH TURNBULL - DEPUTY COMPTROLLER FOR CONTRACTS Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration, directing a staff of 110 through ten different bureaus. Previously served with the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, Office of the New York State Attorney General, the Battery Park City Authority and the New York State Finance Agency.

H. TINA KIM - DEPUTY COMPTROLLER FOR AUDIT Formerly the Director of Audit and Civil Rights in the New York State Department of Transportation, leading a division of fifty with responsibility for the Internal Audit, Contract Audit, Investigations, Enterprise Risk Management and Civil Rights Assurance functions.

Previously, Ms. Kim has served as Deputy Inspector General for Audit with the New York State Office of the Inspector General and an Auditor in the New York State Office of the State Comptroller.

CAROL S. KOSTIK - DEPUTY COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC FINANCE Worked in Comptroller Bill Thompson's administration from 2006 as the Deputy Comptroller for Public Finance. Previously, Ms. Kostik served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority, leading what was then a newly-created State Authority and successfully establishing and supervising the financial reporting on $800+ million revenue stream. Prior to Nassau County, Ms. Kostik served as Vice President at Merrill Lynch & Co.

Additional appointments are forthcoming.