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DASNY board appoints NYS Secretary of State Rodriguez to acting president role

By Eric Reinhardt (


Robert Rodriguez, who currently serves as New York’s Secretary of State, has been appointed to lead the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY). (Photo credit: New York Department of State website)

ALBANY, N.Y. — The board of directors of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) has appointed Robert Rodriguez as acting president and CEO.

Rodriguez currently serves as New York’s 68th Secretary of State and will take on his new role beginning on May 8. He will serve as acting president and CEO until confirmed by the New York State Senate, the office of Gov. Kathy Hochul announced this week.

Rodriguez will assume the role previously held by Reuben McDaniel III, who left the department last October and now serves as managing director of the Alice Walton Foundation, per his LinkedIn profile.

About Rodriguez

As Secretary of State, Rodriguez oversaw the New York State Department of State. The department contends that it fosters “community revitalization, catalyzing economic growth through business formation, protecting consumers, helping new Americans, supporting local governments, assisting individuals and families to achieve upward economic mobility, and ensuring safety and integrity through the regulation of licensed occupations and the development of building standards and codes,” per its website.

Prior to joining the Hochul administration as Secretary of State, Rodriguez, a Democrat, served as a member of the New York State Assembly for 11 years. He represented Assembly District 68, which encompasses northeastern Manhattan.

He served as co-chair of the legislative task force on demographic research and reapportionment; founding chair of the Assembly sub-committee on infrastructure; and member of committees on ways and means, housing, labor, banking, corporations and authorities and mental health.

Rodriguez also held private-sector roles as a director at Public Financial Management, VP at A.C. Advisory, Inc., and various management and operations roles at Bloomberg LP, Hochul’s office said.


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