Friday, January 05, 2007

More Spitzer Appointments

Liz Benjamin Capitol Confidential

And the hiring your name there???? andy

Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who hasn’t made any appointments since his coup of landing soon-to-be former state Sen. Mike Balboni as security czar, today announced four new hires.
The most interesting news is that Spitzer has appointed his longtime friend,
campaign contributor, champagne purveyor and tennis partner, Lloyd Constantine, to be his special counsel (a new press release was just sent out, amending his title to “senior adviser.”)
Constantine was one of six co-chairs for the governor’s transition team. He chaired Spitzer’s 1998 AG transition team.
The question of whether these co-chairs would be eligible for administration posts was
up in the air when they were first announced on Nov. 9.
A press release said they weren’t, but then Constantine himself was asked if he would consider an administration post and said he wasn’t “ruling it out.” At the time, Spitzer spokeswoman Christine Anderson said the release had been put together on the fly and might have contained some errors.
Today’s other appointments:
Joe Baker, assistant deputy secretary for Health and Human Services. Has served as Health Care Bureau Chief in the AG’s office since 2001. From 1994 to 2001, he was executive vice president of the Medicare Rights Center and previously served as associate director of legal services for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.
Deborah Bachrach, deputy commissioner of the Office of Health Insurance Programs and the state’s Medicaid Director. OHIP is a new office in the state Health Department that is charged with running Medicaid, Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus and EPIC. From 1996 - 2006, Bachrach was a partner at Manatt Phelps & Phillips (the firm where Spitzer’s GOP opponent in the 2006 election, John Faso, works). She co-chaired the Not-for-Profit practice group. She also worked for St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center as vice president of external affairs and for former AG Robert Abrams.
Marlene Turner, chief of staff (spelling fixed, sorry). Has served as Spitzer’s scheduler for the past eight years. Worked for ABC from 1972 to 1978.
As a reader correctly points out, Bachrach was, until recently, a
registered lobbyist. That makes two lobbyists - Lorraine Cortes-Vasquez, the new state Secretary of State, was the first - in high-level posts in the Spitzer administration

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