Cuomo taps Rosado for state secretary

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated former El Diario publisher Rossana Rosado to replace the retiring Cesar Perales as Secretary of State.

Rosado has been in and out of government since 1992, when she was appointed vice president of public affairs at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation where she served during both the Dinkins and Giuliani administrations. Prior to that, she worked as a producer at WPIX where she won an Emmy for a series of PSAs she produced and directed for the “Care for Kids” campaign.

She also worked as a reporter in New York City covering the Bronx and City Hall for more than six years, served on the Port Authority Board of New York and New Jersey and, since 2014, has chaired the Governor’s Council on Reentry and Reintegration. Rosado is also a Distinguished Lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

“Rossana Rosado is a respected, intelligent leader with the experience New York needs to lift up working families and expand opportunity,” Cuomo said in announcing the nomination. “From becoming the woman to serve as editor and publisher of the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the country, to championing reentry initiatives, to her work as an award-winning producer, Rossana brings a depth and diversity of experience that is second to none. I am confident Rossana will be a force for positive and lasting change in communities across the state, and I am proud to welcome her to this administration.”

Outgoing secretary of state Cesar Perales.

Outgoing secretary of state Cesar Perales.

Perales is a lifelong public servant and founder of the New York State Office of New Americans who has served as Secretary of State and as a senior Cuomo adviser since 2011. During his 22 years of public service, Perales served at the highest levels of government, including as Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services and Deputy Mayor of New York City.

As Secretary of State, Perales played a key role in the governor’s economic development agenda by chairing the Regional Economic Development Council’s Strategic Implementation Assessment Team. Cuomo said he would nominate Perales to serve as member of the board of Empire State Development.