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New York State Workforce Investment Board

New York State Workforce Investment Board

Staff Contact

Christopher White, Deputy Commissioner for Workforce Development
Phone (518) 457-1707 email – C[email protected]

SWIB Meetings

2024 Dates:

  • January 24, 2024
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    State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) Meeting 01/24/2024

  • April 24, 2024
  • July 24, 2024
  • October 9, 2024


2023 Dates:


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SWIB - Quarterly Meeting- 10/05/2023

Board Membership


County of Residence

Member Qualification

Statutory Sponsor

Governor Kathy HochulAlbanyGovernorPermanent Member
Roberta ReardonNew YorkCommissioner of LaborPermanent Member
Suzanne Miles-GustaveRensselaerActing Commissioner and Executive Deputy Commissioner of OCFSPermanent Member
Barbara C. GuinnAlbanyActing Commissioner and Executive Deputy Commissioner of OTDAPermanent Member
Hope KnightNew YorkCommissioner, President, and CEO of ESD (includes Urban Development Corporation)Permanent Member
Betty A. RosaAlbanyCommissioner of NYSED and President of the University of the State of New YorkPermanent Member
John B. KingAlbanyChancellor, SUNYPermanent Member
Felix V. Matos RodriguezWestchesterChancellor, CUNYPermanent Member
Kimberly Townsend OnondagaBusiness (Healthcare)Governor Appointed
Zach Arnold FranklinBusiness (Healthcare)Governor Appointed
Shawna Papale OneidaBusiness (Agriculture)Governor Appointed
Richard (Rick) Plympton OntarioBusiness (Manufacturing)Governor Appointed
Dawn Burlew ChemungBusiness (Tourism)Governor Appointed
Todd Tranum ChautauquaBusiness (Manufacturing)Governor Appointed
Annmarie Lanesey Payette RensselaerBusiness (Technology)Governor Appointed
Rose Duhan AlbanyBusiness (Healthcare)Governor Appointed
Rudolph (Rudy) Wynter DutchessBusiness (Energy)Governor Appointed
Melissa Autilio Fleischut AlbanyBusiness (Restaurant Association)Governor Appointed
Tony BairdOnondagaBusiness (Small Business/MWBE)Governor Appointed
Sergio EstebanMonroeBusiness (Engineering/Architecture)Governor Appointed
Norb FuestWyomingBusiness (Professional Services)Governor Appointed
Jessica Johnson-CopeKingsBusiness (Security)Governor Appointed
Patricia FuscoSchenectadyBusiness (Services)Governor Appointed
Harold KingUlsterBusiness (Business Association)Governor Appointed
Albert (Al) CatalanoAlbanyWorkforce (Organized Labor)Governor Appointed
John DursoNassauWorkforce (Labor Federation)Governor Appointed
David MathisOneidaWorkforce (Youth) – Experience with Youth ActivitiesGovernor Appointed
Katie Geise ChautauquaWorkforce (CBO) - Experience with Workforce Investment ActivitiesGovernor Appointed
Amy DesjardinsSchenectadyWorkforce (CBO) – Experience with Workforce Investment ActivitiesGovernor Appointed
Florence McCue WestchesterWorkforce (Mature Workers) - Experience with Workforce Investment ActivitiesGovernor Appointed
Dan McGraw SaratogaWorkforce (Veteran) - Experience with Workforce Investment ActivitiesGovernor Appointed
Harry BronsonMonroeChair of the NYS Assembly’s Labor CommitteeSpeaker of the Assembly
Al StirpeOnondagaChair of the NYS Assembly’s Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry CommitteeSpeaker of the Assembly


Section 101 part (d) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), describes the twelve responsibilities of the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB):

  • Assist Governor in development of State Plan;
  • Review of Statewide policies, programs, and regulations;
  • Development and continuous improvement of the workforce development system (identification of barriers to coordinate programs, strategies for career pathways, strategies for providing effective outreach to individuals who could be served by the System);
  • Development and updating of comprehensive State performance measures;
  • Development and dissemination of information on best practices for One-Stop Career Centers, Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDB) development, and training programs;
  • Development of One-Stop Career Center certification requirements;
  • The development of strategies for technological improvements, especially accessibility;
  • Aligning technology and data systems;
  • The development of allocation formulas for the distribution of funds for employment;
  • Preparation of annual reports;
  • Statewide workforce and labor market information; and
  • The development of other policies as may promote workforce development in the State.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (2014); Labor Law Article 24-A

Financial Disclosure

The members receive no compensation but shall be entitled to reimbursement for any necessary expenses incurred in connection with the performance of their duties.

NYS Employees compensation does not appear below per Executive Order 203-b.


New York State Workforce Investment Board
Organization, Title
Member NameCounty of ResidenceFY 2022-23
Est. FY 2023-24 ExpensesEst. FY 2024-25 Expenses
GovernorKathy HochulAlbany   
Commissioner of LaborRoberta ReardonNew York   
Acting Commissioner and Executive Deputy Commissioner of OCFSSuzanne Gustave-MilesRensselaer   
Acting Commissioner and Executive Deputy Commissioner of OTDABarbara C. GuinnAlbany   
Commissioner, President, and CEO of ESD (includes Urban Development Corporation)Hope KnightNew York   
Commissioner of NYSED and President of the University of the State of New YorkBetty A. RosaAlbany   
Chancellor of SUNYJohn B. KingAlbany   
Chancellor of CUNYFelix V. Matos RodriguezWestchester   
Loretto – President & CEOKimberly TownsendOnondaga$0.00$400.00$400.00
University of Rochester Medical Center – Senior Director, Talent AcquisitionZach ArnoldFranklin$0.00$1,000.00$1,000.00
Candella's Produce, LLC – Co-Owner,
Mohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprises (EDGE) Corporation – Chief Administrative Officer
Shawna PapaleOneida$0.00$500.00$500.00
CEO – Optimax Systems, Inc.Richard (Rick) PlymptonOntario$0.00$1,800.00$1,800.00
President – Watkins Glen InternationalDawn BurlewChemung$0.00$0.00$0.00
Executive Director – Manufacturers Association of the Southern  TierTodd TranumChautauqua$0.00$2,500.00$2,500.00
Founder & CEO – CanCode Communities
President – Greane Tree Technology
Annmarie Lanesey PayetteRensselaer$0.00$0.00$0.00
President & CEO – Community Health Care Association of New York StateRose DuhanAlbany$0.00$0.00$0.00
President – National Grid New YorkRudolph (Rudy) WynterDutchess$0.00$500.00$500.00
President & CEO – New York State Restaurant AssociationMelissa Autilio FleischutAlbany$0.00$0.00$0.00
President & CEO – Tony Baird Electronics Inc.Tony BairdOnondaga$0.00$400.00$400.00
CEO – Labella Associates PCSergio EstebanMonroe$0.00$1,500.00$1,500.00
Owner – Appletree HR & Safety Consultants Inc.Nobert FuestWyoming$0.00$1,500.00$1,500.00
President – Johnson Security Bureau, Inc.Jessica Johnson-CopeKings$0.00$1,000.00$1,000.00
President & CEO – Fusco Personnel, Inc.Patricia FuscoSchenectady$0.00$0.00$0.00
President – Council of IndustryHarold KingUlster$0.00$500.00$500.00

Regional Director – Northeast Region Bricklayers & Craftworkers

Secretary Treasurer and Executive Director – NYS Building & Trades Association

Albert (Al) CatalanoAlbany$0.00$0.00$0.00
President – Local 338 Long Island Federation of LaborJohn DursoNassau$0.00$1,000.00$1,000.00
Director – Oneida County Workforce Development OfficeDavid MathisOneida$0.00$500.00$500.00
Executive Director – Chautauqua County Local Workforce Development BoardKatie GeiseChautauqua$0.00$2,500.00$2,500.00
Executive Director – Workforce Development InstituteAmy DesjardinsSchenectady$0.00$0.00$0.00
At Large Director – NYSUTFlorence McCueWestchester$0.00$1,000.00$1,000.00
Vice President – International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 15839Dan McGrawSaratoga$0.00$0.00$0.00
Assembly Member          Al StirpeOnondaga$0.00$400.00$400.00
Assembly Member          Harry BronsonMonroe$0.00$800.00$800.00