Cuomo makes appointment for Empire State Development Corp.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that he has appointed Leecia Eve as senior vice president and counsel to the Empire State Development Corp. Eve, a Buffalo resident, most recently was vice president for policy at the No Limits Foundation, a not-for-profit group that works on human rights, strengthening communities, economic issues and transforming American foreign policy around the world.  Eve has spoken nationally about investing in the country’s infrastructure to improve economic competitiveness and create jobs.

“Ms. Eve’s extensive expertise and knowledge of economic issues in New York, across the nation, and abroad will be instrumental in reopening New York State to business,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Her decades of legal experience, combined with an intrinsic understanding of our state’s diverse economic needs, will help businesses thrive and prosper. I thank her for her ongoing commitment to public service.”

Eve, who was talked about as a possible lieutenant governor for former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, is a former partner at Hodgson Russ, Western New York’s largest law firm. She was a judicial clerk to state Court of Appeals Judge Fritz W. Alexander II, Judiciary Committee counsel to then-Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., and as counsel to then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. She has served on the boards of the Community Service Society of New York, the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross and other groups. She is a former vice president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York. She is a 1990 graduate of Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government,

Cuomo also announced the appointment of Erik Bottcher as special assistant for community affairs. He is currently the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) and HIV/AIDS community liaison for New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. He is from Lake Placid and is a graduate of George Washington University in Washington.

“Mr. Bottcher is a dedicated advocate for LGBT rights and for the HIV/AIDS community. During his tenure with Speaker Quinn, he was instrumental in advancing New York City’s progressive agenda. His experience in public service will be essential to my administration as we move forward,” Cuomo said in a statement.

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