Gov. Andrew Cuomo (NYLJ/Rick Kopstein)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the appointments of three attorneys to new positions in his administration.
Adam Zurofsky, a former partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, was named deputy secretary for energy and financial services. Zurofsky, a Harvard Law School graduate, was president of a New York City-based business management consulting company, Touchstone Metrics.
Cuomo also said he hired Adam Silverman as assistant counsel to the governor for public safety and Tanisha Edwards as assistant counsel to the governor for taxation and finance. Silverman, an Albany Law School graduate, was previously special counsel at the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Edwards, who was formerly the chief counsel to the financial division of the New York City Council, is a Rutgers University Law School graduate.
Additionally, Cuomo promoted his former communications director, Melissa DeRosa, to become secretary to the governor. The position is generally regarded as the second-most powerful in state government, because the secretary usually directs the minute-to-minute operations of the executive branch and speaks for the governor administratively.
DeRosa, 34, is the first woman to ever be secretary to a governor, Cuomo’s office said Monday.
She succeeds William Mulrow, whom Cuomo said will return to the private sector and manage Cuomo’s 2018 re-election campaign for governor. Mulrow was a senior managing director at asset manager Blackstone before becoming Cuomo’s secretary in January 2015.
DeRosa has most recently been Cuomo’s chief of staff. She was once director of Organizing for America, former President Barack Obama’s national political action organization, and a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez, D-New York.