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Commissioner Directory

Hon. E. Leo Milonas (Ret.), Chair
Appointed by Chief Judge Lippman
Term ends 3/31/2021

Matthew L. Biben
Appointed by Chief Judge DiFiore
Term ends 3/31/2022

John A. Cirando
Appointed by Assembly Minority Leader Kolb
Term ends 3/31/2021

Steven M. Cohen
Appointed by Governor Cuomo
Term ends 3/31/20

Mylan L. Denerstein
Appointed by Governor Cuomo
Term ends 3/31/2021

H. Dale Hemmerdinger
Appointed by Chief Judge DiFiore
Term ends 3/31/20

Michael J. Hutter
Appointed by Temporary President of the Senate Skelos
Term ends 3/31/19

Alan Mansfield
Appointed by Senate Minority Leader Stewart-Cousins
Term ends 3/31/20

Alvin H. Perlmutter
Appointed by Chief Judge Lippman
Term ends 3/31/19

Paul N. Samuels
Appointed by Speaker Heastie
Term ends 3/31/18

Dierdre K. Scozzafava
Appointed by Governor Cuomo
Term ends 3/31/2019


Henry M. Greenberg, Counsel

Cynthia L. Neidl, Assistant Counsel

Katrina E. James, Assistant Counsel

Commissioner Biographies

Matthew L. Biben: Matthew L. Biben is a litigation partner in the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. Biben served as the General Counsel of JP Morgan Chase Consumer & Community Banking. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. Mr. Biben spent the first 12 years of his career in government, serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and before that as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Biben has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for more than 22 years. Among other Non-Profit Boards, Mr. Biben serves on the Boards of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the New York Legal Assistance Group. Mr. Biben also serves as a Director of Emigrant Bank and The New York Private Bank and Trust, the nation’s largest privately held bank. In addition, he serves as a Trustee of Cornell University. Mr. Biben received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

John A. Cirando: John Cirando is a partner of the law firm of D.J. and J.A. Cirando, Esqs., in Syracuse, New York. He served as Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office and was a member of the United States Army, Judge Advocate General Corps. He has served as Chairperson of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on County Courts and Public Relations Committee, and as Secretary and member of the Board of Directors of the Onondaga County Bar Association. He has taught as an adjunct professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law and authored the 2004-2005 Survey of Criminal Law in New York State for the Syracuse University Law Review. He is general counsel for Vera House, Inc., and in 2005, received the Sister Mary Vera Recognition Award. He is a member of the NYS Law Revision Commission. He received his B.A. from St. Bonaventure University and his J.D. from S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, School of Law.

Steven M. Cohen: Steven M. Cohen is currently General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of MacAndrews and Forbes Incorporated. Previously, he served as Secretary to Governor Cuomo, and also as Mr. Cuomo’s Counselor and Chief of Staff in the Office of the New York Attorney General. He also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the violent gang unit for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Previously, Mr. Cohen was a Partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP and Cooley LLP. Mr. Cohen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and earned his B.A. from New York University. He currently resides in Brooklyn.

Mylan L. Denerstein: is a partner in the New York City officer of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and is a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations, Securities Litigation, Appellate and Crisis Management Practice Groups. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Ms. Denerstein served as Counsel to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo since 2011, acting as the Governor’s chief counsel and principal legal advisor. From 2007 to 2010, she served as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice and managed approximately 100 attorneys statewide working in the areas of charities, civil rights, environmental protection, health care, labor and tobacco compliance. From 2003 to 2007, she served as Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs for the New York City Fire Department. From 1996 to 2003, Ms. Denerstein served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, first as Assistant U.S. Attorney and then as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. Ms. Denerstein serves as a board member of the Vera Institute of Justice. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School.

H. Dale Hemmerdinger: H. Dale Hemmerdinger is Chairman and Director of The Hemmerdinger Corporation and Atco Properties and Management - commercial and residential real estate ownership and development companies based in New York City. He is Chairman of the New York Police Foundation and of the Realty Foundation of New York. He serves as a Trustee of the Naval War College Foundation, Harlem Academy, Trustee/Chairman Emeritus of the Citizens Budget Commission and Carnegie Hall as the Mayor’s representative. Mr. Hemmerdinger was appointed by Mayor Koch to be Commissioner of the City of New York on the Conciliation and Appeals Board and by Governor Spitzer to be Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Mr. Hemmerdinger received his B. A. from New York University.

Michael J. Hutter: Michael J. Hutter is a Professor of Law at Albany Law School, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1976. He is also Special Counsel to the law firm of Powers & Santola, LLP, in Albany, New York, where he specializes in appellate practice. Professor Hutter is an honors graduate of Brown University, and Boston College Law School, where was the Editor-In-Chief of Boston College’s law review (Annual Survey), and was elected to the Order of the Coif. After graduation, Professor Hutter served as law clerk to Judge Matthew J. Jasen, an Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals. From 1979-1984, he was the Executive Director of the New York State Law Revision Commission. He also served as Chair, NYS Capital Defender Office from 2005-2008. He presently serves as a Commissioner on the New York State Law Revision Commission. Professor Hutter is the immediate-past President of the Albany County Bar Association.

Alan Mansfield: Alan Mansfield chairs the litigation practice of the New York office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP and serves on the firm's executive committee. Mr. Mansfield handles complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal matters, representing clients in diverse industries in matters ranging from product liability to corporate and securities to defamation and fraud. Mr. Mansfield is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of MFY Legal Services, Inc., and continues to serve on MFY's Board. He graduated from Brown University and Duke University School of Law.

Hon. E. Leo Milonas (Ret.): Judge Milonas has had twenty-six years of judicial experience, including service as an associate justice of the Appellate Division, First Department and as the Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York. Judge Milonas is a past president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and serves or has served on numerous other judicial advisory committees. Judge Milonas is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and is currently a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Alvin H. Perlmutter: Alvin H. Perlmutter is Executive Producer and Director of the Independent Production Fund, and President of Sunrise Media LLC and Alvin H. Perlmutter, Inc. He previously served as NBC News Vice President, where he was responsible for all network documentaries and news magazine programs, and before that as Director of Public Affairs Programming and Program Manager of WNBC-TV, New York. Mr. Perlmutter is a former National Trustee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a past Governor of the Academy’s New York Chapter. He also served as a member of the Overseas Press Club of America and chairman of the board of both the Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting and the Anti-Defamation League Dore Schary Awards Committee. He is a member of the board of directors of the New York Open Center, the Rockland Center for the Arts and is Chairman of the Board of Advisors of CUNY-TV. Mr. Perlmutter lectures on broadcasting matters to professional groups and universities, and has conducted classes in television news and public affairs at New York University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Perlmutter is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Paul N. Samuels: Paul N. Samuels is Director/President of the Legal Action Center, a not-for-profit public interest law firm specializing in legal and policy issues involving substance use, criminal justice and HIV/AIDS. He also chairs New York State's Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council, serves on the Governor’s Council on Community Reentry and Reintegration, and is Co-Chair of the national Coalition for Whole Health. Mr. Samuels is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University School of Law.

Dierdre K. Scozzafava: Dierdre K. "Dede" Scozzafava is the New York Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government.  Before Governor Cuomo appointed her in January 2011, she previously served from 1999 through 2010 in the New York State Assembly representing the 122nd Assembly District, which includes portions of St. Lawrence, Lewis, and Oswego Counties.  She also served as a trustee in her hometown Village of Gouverneur, and then as mayor of Gouverneur from 1993 through 1998.  Ms. Scozzafava worked for 20 years with the investment firm of Tucker Anthony.  She holds a B.S. from the Boston University School of Management, and an M.B.A. from Clarkson University.

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