More Additions to Spitzer’s Team

Eliot Spitzer announced more additions to his administration.

They include the nomination of John Egan as Commissioner for Office of General Services; Barry L. Kluger to serve as Inspector General of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority; and Robert S. Hite as a member of the Public Employment Relations Board.

One person whose job title still hasn’t been formalized is Carl Andrews, according to this phone directory.

More about the Spitzer additions after the jump.

– Azi Paybarah

GOVERNOR ELIOT SPITZER
AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DAVID PATERSON
ANNOUNCE ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS

Governor Eliot Spitzer and Lieutenant Governor David Paterson today
announced nominations for several key administration positions.

John C. Egan will be nominated to serve as Commissioner of the Office of
General Services. Mr. Egan currently serves as President of the Renaissance
Corporation of Albany. Mr. Egan also serves as Chairman of the Harrison
Research and Technology Development Corporation and as Executive Director
of the New York State Task Force on High Speed Rail. Prior to joining the
Renaissance Corporation, Mr. Egan served as Chief Executive Officer of the
Albany International Airport from 1995 to 2003. He has also served as
Commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services, Executive
Director of the New York State Dormitory Authority and Commissioner of the
New York State Department of Transportation. Mr. Egan studied Electrical
Technology at Canton ATI, and Heating and Refrigeration Technology at
Hudson Valley Community College.

As Commissioner of the Office of General Services, Mr. Egan’s annual salary
will be $136,000.

Nancy G. Groenwegen will be nominated to serve as President of the Civil
Service Commission. Ms. Groenwegen has served as Assistant Attorney General
in the New York State Department of Law since 2001. Prior to that she was
Counsel for Policy and Employee Relations Services for the New York State
School Boards Association. From 1993 to 1995, Ms. Groenwegen served as
Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs and Counsel for the New York State
Department of Labor. She was also Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel
for the New York State Department of Civil Service from 1991 to 1993. Ms.
Groenwegen received her B.A. from the State University of New York at
Albany and her J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.

As President of the Civil Service Commission, Ms. Groenwegen’s annual
salary will be $127,000.

Robert Hermann will be appointed to serve as Director of the Governor’s
Office of Regulatory Reform. Mr. Hermann has worked in private law practice
since 1989. In that time, he worked at Thacher Proffitt & Wood, Plunkett &
Jaffe, and Teitelbaum Hiller. Previously, Mr. Hermann was Counsel and
Director of Project Development at Time Equities, Inc. From 1984 to 1986,
he served as Solicitor General of the State of New York under Attorney
General Robert Abrams. Mr. Hermann has also served as Attorney-in-Chief for
Public Advocacy at the New York State Attorney General’s Office and as
Legal Director of the Puerto Rico Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. He
earned his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

As Director of the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform, Mr. Hermann’s
annual salary will be $128,000.

Barry L. Kluger will be nominated to serve as Inspector General of the
Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Mr. Kluger has served in the Bronx
County District Attorney’s Office since 1978. Most recently, he served as
Chief Assistant District Attorney, a post which he has occupied since 1989.
Previously, he also served as Executive Assistant District Attorney, Chief
of the Investigations Division and Chief of the Arson and Economic Crime
Bureau. Mr. Kluger received his B.A. from City College of the City
University of New York and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

As Inspector General of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Mr.
Kluger’s annual salary will be $185,000.

Daniel D. O’Hara will be appointed to serve as Director of the New York
State Fair. Mr. O’Hara was elected Mayor of the Village of Baldwinsville in
1993. He also serves as Director of Development for the Arc of Onondaga.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Mr. O’Hara was a Partner at DB Consulting
Services, LTD. Mr. O’Hara worked at the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation
from 1985 to 2004. While there, he served in a number of capacities
including Senior Analyst for the Power and Policy Administration,
Regulatory Audit Coordinator, General Supervisor of Nuclear Security
Services and Nuclear Security Specialist. Mr. O’Hara received his B.S.
from Providence College.

As Director of the New York State Fair, Mr. O’Hara’s annual salary will be
$97,800.

Robert S. Hite will be nominated to serve as a member of the Public
Employment Relations Board. Mr. Hite currently serves as Managing Principal
of Hite, O’Donnell & Beaumont. Mr. Hite is also Special Village Attorney
for Labor Relations for the Village of Menands. Previously, he served as
Special Eminent Domain Counsel for several counties, cities and villages in
New York State. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Hite was the General Counsel to
AFSCME District Council 82, a statewide public sector union. He was
formerly a Principal in the law firm of Rowley, Forrest, O’Donnell & Hite,
P.C. Mr. Hite received his B.A. from Colgate University and his J.D. from
the Albany Law School of Union University.

As a member of the Public Employment Relations Board, Mr. Hite will not
receive a salary.

Jerome Lefkowitz will be nominated to serve as Chairman of the Public
Employment Relations Board. Mr. Lefkowitz has served as Deputy Counsel for
the Civil Service Employees Association, Inc. since 1987. Previously, he
was Deputy Chairman of the New York State Public Employment Relations Board
from 1967 to 1986, Deputy Industrial Commissioner of the New York State
Labor Department from 1965 to 1967 and Counsel for the New York State Labor
Department from 1961 to 1965. Mr. Lefkowitz received his B.A. from New York
University and his J.D. from Columbia University Law School.

As Chairman of the Public Employment Relations Board, Mr. Lefkowitz’s
annual salary will be $120,800.

Eric J. Schmertz will be nominated to serve as a member of the Public
Employment Relations Board. He is currently of Counsel at the Dweck Law
Firm. He has previously served on the Public Employment Relations Board
from 1991 to 1997. Mr. Schmertz served as Commissioner of Labor Relations
of the City of New York from 1990 to 1991, and he served as Counsel at
Rivkin, Radler, Bayh, Hart & Kremer from 1989 to 1999. In 1982, Mr.
Schmertz became Dean of the Hofstra University School of Law and served in
that capacity until 1989. He served as one of three impartial members of
the Office of Collective Bargaining from 1968 to 1980. From 1960 to 1968,
Mr. Schmertz served as Executive Director and member of the New York State
Board of Mediation. Mr. Schmertz received his B.A. from Union College and
received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law.

As a member of the Public Employment Relations Board, Mr. Schmertz will not
receive a salary.