Cuomo Appoints Vargas to Key Post

John Jordan | March 3, 2015

ALBANY—New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on March 9 the appointment of Aimee Vargas to Director of Downstate Intergovernmental Affairs.

Vargas as the Director of Downstate Intergovernmental Affairs will be responsible for the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island. She previously oversaw regional affairs in the Hudson Valley and served as the Mid-Hudson Regional Director of Empire State Development and the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council. Vargas also serves on the Governor’s Tappan Zee Community Outreach team and will continue to do so in her new role. She was formerly Associate Counsel at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and, previously served as the Director of Finance for the Town of Clarkstown in Rockland County. She is a member of the Rockland Community Foundation’s Advisory Board and was recognized by Rockland Economic Development Corporation as a recipient of their “40 Under 40” award.

Replacing Vargas as the regional director for the Mid-Hudson Regional Council for the state agency is Meghan Taylor, the former president of the Putnam Economic Development Corp. Empire State Development Corp. announced her appointment on Feb. 11.

John Jordan
Editor, Real Estate In-Depth