Governor Cuomo Announces Appointments to the New York Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Jerome M. Hauer to be nominated to commissioner of Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services; Steven Kuhr to be appointed to executive deputy commissioner and appointed to serve as director of the Office of Emergency Management

October 25, 2011

ALBANY, NY–Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the nomination of Jerome M. Hauer to Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and the appointment of Steven Kuhr to Executive Deputy Commissioner of DHSES. Mr. Kuhr will also serve as Director of the State Office of Emergency Management.

DHSES includes the Office of Counterterrorism, Office of Cyber Security, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications, and the Office of Emergency Management. The Division is responsible for helping to prepare for and respond to terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters.

"Since I took office, my administration has found ways to increase efficiency and deliver results for the people of the state of New York," Governor Cuomo said. "No one is better suited than Jerry and Steve to continue that record with New York's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. They are experts in their fields and bring ample experience from both the public and private sectors that will strengthen our operations and make this vital agency work better for New Yorkers. It is imperative that our state be on the forefront of disaster response and homeland security."

Jerome Hauer said, "New York is one of the most thriving and populated states in the nation, and with that comes significant responsibility. It would be my pleasure to serve as Commissioner of DHSES, and I thank the Governor for this prestigious nomination. I look forward to serving the mission of the division and protecting the public safety of the 19 million residents and countless visitors in our great state."

Steven Kuhr said, "I am thrilled to be given the opportunity by Governor Cuomo to return to public service. As his administration rebuilds the Empire State, it is critical for New York to be prepared and ready to handle any situation. I look forward to our work together to make New York a secure place to visit, work and call home."

Jerome Hauer brings almost three decades of experience in the public and private sectors, the majority of which was focused in the areas of security and emergency management. Mr. Hauer is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Hauer Group, a consulting firm that provides customized emergency management solutions to public and private clients around the world. Prior to starting the Hauer Group, Mr. Hauer served as a Co-Chair of the homeland security practice of Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations.

From 2002 to 2003, he was the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he was responsible for coordinating the country's medical and public health preparedness and response to emergencies, including acts of biological, chemical and nuclear terrorism. From 2000-2002, he was the Managing Director of the crisis and consequence management group at Kroll Associates. Mr. Hauer previously served as Director of the Office of Emergency Management in New York City from 1996-2000.

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