New York Secretary of State Robert Rodriguez will take a new role as acting president and chief executive officer of the Dormitory Authority of the state of New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday.

The agency provides financing and construction services to public and private colleges and universities, non-profit health care facilities and other public institutions.

Rodriguez will begin the new position on May 8.

“I am honored to be appointed as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. I want to thank Governor Hochul and the DASNY Board of Directors for the privilege to serve in this capacity," Rodriguez said in a statement. "DASNY’s financing, construction, and grants management on behalf of science, health, and educational not-for-profits is the foundation for stronger, inclusive, and more sustainable communities across the State of New York.”

Rodriguez, a former member of the state Assembly, was nominated by Hochul to become secretary of state in 2021 and was confirmed in the spring of 2022, replacing Rosanna Rosado, who had held the post during most of the Cuomo administration.

“As Secretary of State, Robert has been a skilled manager, a sharp tactician, and a devoted public servant for the people of New York, and I have the utmost confidence that he will continue to succeed in this new role,” Hochul said in a statement. “DASNY staff stepped up in extraordinary ways to fulfill the authority’s mission while my office conducted its search for new leadership, and I look forward to continuing our partnership with Robert at the helm.”

Rodriguez will need to be confirmed by the state Senate to fill the new position in its full capacity.


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