Dennis Glazer, the husband of Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, and Long Island Association president Kevin Law, a ally to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, were named today to the New York Gaming Facility Location Board.
Glazer and Law join Paul Francis, Stuart Rabinowitz and Bill Thompson on the board. Francis is the former state budget director under former Gov. Eliot Spitzer who also worked for Cuomo; Bill Thompson is the former city comptroller and two-time mayoral candidate; and Rabinowitz is the Hofstra president.
The state Gaming Commission said that it picked Gaming Facility Location Board members who reside outside of the eligible casino zones.
Glazer is a retired partner at the international law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. He and DiFiore were married in 1981.
Cuomo appointed DiFiore, a Democrat, as chairwoman of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics in 2011 and she resigned a year later. She cited her re-election bid as the reason for resigning, but her tenure was criticized for a lack of action by the board and holding its business behind closed doors — as well as her own troubles.
“Dennis has had an accomplished career and evidences his commitment to public service by taking on this important role,” said Racing and Wagering Commission Chairman Mark Gearan, the president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. “His legal expertise and impressive leadership in varied sectors combine to make him a valuable asset to the Board, and I thank him for volunteering his time and talent.”
Law has been president of the Long Island business association since 2010, and he’s been a vocal supporter Cuomo’s. He’s also co-chairman of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council — which Cuomo started in 2011.
Law was mentioned as a possible running mate this year with Cuomo, who is seeking a second term.
“Throughout his career, Kevin has repeatedly answered the call to public service in New York State,” said Gearan. “His commitment to and knowledge of economic development is tailor-made for the Gaming Facility Location Board, and I thank him for taking on this important task.”