December 21, 2010
DiNapoli Appoints Groenwegen As General Counsel
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the appointment of Nancy Groenwegen as general counsel for the Office of the State Comptroller. Groenwegen will lead a staff of 40 lawyers, and her responsibilities will include oversight of the comptroller's investigations and ethics compliance units.
"Nancy Groenwegen has built a reputation for integrity, leadership and a strong legal mind," DiNapoli said. "New York is facing a very challenging time, and Nancy's skills, advice and counsel will help us meet those challenges. She'll be a tremendous asset to OSC. We're fortunate that Nancy Groenwegen chose to continue her public service career with the Office of the State Comptroller."
Governor David A. Paterson thanked Groenwegen for her service since 2007 as president of the Civil Service Commission and commissioner of the Department of Civil Service.
"Nancy has been both forthright and sensitive as we have together confronted the daunting challenge of rebuilding the state workforce at the same time that we reduce its size. She has been a forceful champion of the civil service system's extraordinary record of ensuring that standards of merit and fitness remain a stout barrier to any return of the spoils system.
"I thank her as well," Governor Paterson said, "for her work to make sure the state workforce more nearly reflects all of New York State's diversity. Nancy made it her department's goal to ensure that all ethnic and racial minorities and persons with disabilities had full knowledge and opportunities to compete for positions in public service."
Prior to her appointment as commissioner, Groenwegen served as an assistant attorney general in the New York State Department of Law. She previously worked as the counsel for policy and employee relations services at the New York State School Boards Association. Groenwegen also held a variety of positions in Governor Mario M. Cuomo's administration, including assistant counsel in the Governor's Office of Employee Relations and deputy commissioner and chief counsel in the Departments of Civil Service and Labor. She began her career as an assistant attorney general in the Department of Law.
Groenwegen graduated from the Boston University School of Law and the State University of New York at Albany. She resides in Glenmont with her husband Paul and son Philip. Groenwegen's salary will be $160,000 annually.