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State of New York vs. COVID-19 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo periodically updates New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The latest reports of the number of new cases, the percentage of tests that were positive and many other relevant data points concerning COVID-19 are available at

N.B. §22 of the New York State's General Construction Law, in pertinent part, provides that “Whenever words of the masculine or feminine gender appear in any law, rule or regulation, unless the sense of the sentence indicates otherwise, they shall be deemed to refer to both male or female persons.” NYPPL applies this protocol to individuals referred to in a decision self-identifying as LGBTQA+.

February 26, 2014

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announces new appointments within his administration

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announces new appointments within his administration.
Source: Office of the Governor

Governor Cuomo on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, announced the appointments of Margaret Egan and Linda Cohen to his administration.

Margaret Egan will serve as Assistant Secretary for Public Safety. Ms. Egan served as the Director of Policy & Government Affairs to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart from 2012 to 2014. In that role Ms. Egan was responsible for developing and managing crime policy, social services and the legislative strategy for the nation’s largest single site jail and one of the largest police departments in Illinois. She developed and led the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for the Sheriff making the Cook County Jail the first jail in the nation to enroll detainees under Medicaid expansion, which has now become a model for jails across the country. Additionally she led efforts to improve correctional based education programming for school aged and adult detainees. She also developed projects around firearms tracing and trafficking throughout suburban Cook County.

Linda J. Cohen, Esq., will serve as Executive Director for the State Commission on National and Community Service. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Cohen served for a dozen years as Executive Director of the New York State Corps Collaboration, where she was responsible for one of the nation’s largest AmeriCorps programs. She also served as Executive Director of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, as a contributing writer for Inside Sports Magazine and in various positions within all three branches of New York state government. She is a graduate of Union College, Albany Law School and the National Law Center at George Washington University.


Public Personnel Law E-books

The Discipline Book - A concise guide to disciplinary actions involving public employees in New York State set out in a 700 page e-book. For more information click on

A Reasonable Disciplinary Penalty Under the Circumstances - A 442-page e-book focusing on determining an appropriate disciplinary penalty to be imposed on an employee in the public service in instances where the employee has been found guilty of misconduct or incompetence. Now available in two formats - as a large, paperback print edition and as an e-book. Click on for more information.

The Layoff, Preferred List and Reinstatement Manual - A 645 page e-book reviewing the relevant laws, rules and regulations, and selected court and administrative decisions. For more information click on

Disability Leave for fire, police and other public sector personnel - A 1098 page e-book focusing on disability benefits available to public officers and employees employed by New York State and its political subdivisions. For more information click on