Former Monroe County District Attorney Michael Green has been tapped for a post in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, the governor’s office is set to announce today.
Green will serve as executive deputy commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, according to a news release obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau.
He will also serve as senior counsel for criminal justice policy.
“With 25 years of experience as a prosecutor, Mike Green will bring valuable expertise in fighting crime and protecting New Yorkers to state government,” Cuomo said in a statement. “His knowledge and understanding of the challenges in reducing violent crime in Rochester and Monroe County will help us make communities across New York State a safer place to live.”
Green (pictured, right) was Monroe’s district attorney from 2003 through 2011. He was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a federal judge in the Western District of New York last year, but the Senate blocked his nomination in December.
A Democrat, Green decried partisan politics for scuttling his appointment.
Green, a Henrietta, Monroe County, native, previously served as an assistant district attorney for 17 years. He had been working in current Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley’s office since January.
“Mike’s extraordinary dedication to justice and public safety made him one of the finest DAs in the state, and I know he will distinguish himself in this role as well,” Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, Monroe County, said in a statement.