Kind Words for New Lobbyist Andrews

ALBANY—As Jim Odato reported several weeks ago, Carl Andrews is departing his position in the executive branch to start a lobbying firm. Paterson put out a statement calling Andrews "a dedicated public servant for over 25 years" and someone who "brought a unique combination of talents to the Executive Chamber and he will be sorely missed."

Andrews previously served in the State Senate. His decision to hang out his shingle comes as lobbying firms reshuffle their cards in preparation for the possible shift to Democratic control of the Senate. Paterson noted that he was the Democratic whip, and "in addition to representing neighborhoods in Brooklyn as a State Senator, he worked in several layers of government, including the New York State Department of State and the New York State Attorney General's Office."

Andrews' resignation takes effect tomorrow.