40 Under 40 Rising Stars Albany 2016

Everyone knows who the three men in the room are. A top prosecutor has become well-known for targeting public corruption. And any number of elected officials, advisers, advocates and reporters have made names for themselves in the halls of the state Capitol.

In this issue, we shift the spotlight to a lesser-known group: Albany’s next generation of leaders. Our annual list of the state’s most promising young political talent is as impressive as ever, featuring top aides, key lobbyists, young entrepreneurs and more – all of them under the age of 40.

Who knows? One of them might be the next governor. Another could rise to lead the Senate or the Assembly. In the decades ahead, many of them are sure to become influential players in state politics and government.  

So without further ado, we present this year’s Albany 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.

-Jon Lentz, senior editor

New York director for policy, Orthodox Union

Jake Adler


New York director for policy, Orthodox Union

Political director, Democratic Senate Campaign Committee

Loren Amor


Political director, Democratic Senate Campaign Committee

Executive director, Unshackle Upstate

Greg Biryla


Executive director, Unshackle Upstate

Chief of staff, New York state Senate Independent Democratic Conference

Dana Carotenuto Rico


Chief of staff, New York state Senate Independent Democratic Conference

Assemblyman

Ron Castorina, Jr.


Assemblyman

Deputy director of state operations, Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Katie Codey


Deputy director of state operations, Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Attorney, Cordo and Co.

April M. Corrigan, Esq.


Attorney, Cordo and Co.

Program manager, Build Smart NY, NYPA

Gabriel Cowles


Program manager, Build Smart NY, NYPA

Attorney, Robert Ungar and Associates

Kristen E. Curran


Attorney, Robert Ungar and Associates

Lobbyist, Bolton-St. Johns

Joseph DeRosa


Lobbyist, Bolton-St. Johns

Digital director/assistant field coordinator, New York State AFL-CIO

Kevin Eitzmann


Digital director/assistant field coordinator, New York State AFL-CIO

Director of state studies, Citizens Budget Commission

David Friedfel


Director of state studies, Citizens Budget Commission

Legislative director, Alliance for Quality Education

Jasmine Gripper


Legislative director, Alliance for Quality Education

Reporter, Albany Times Union

Matthew Hamilton


Reporter, Albany Times Union

New York state grassroots manager, American Cancer Society

Scott Hobson


New York state grassroots manager, American Cancer Society

Senior vice president, SKDKnickerbocker

Morgan Hook


Senior vice president, SKDKnickerbocker

Assistant associate director, District Council 37

Jahmila Joseph


Assistant associate director, District Council 37

Director of research and analytics, office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Lacey R. Keller


Director of research and analytics, office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Communications specialist, CSEA

Jessica Ladlee


Communications specialist, CSEA

State director, Environment New York

Heather Leibowitz


State director, Environment New York

Manager of government affairs, Business Council of New York State

Sonia Lindell


Manager of government affairs, Business Council of New York State

Attorney, Featherstonhaugh, Wiley & Clyne

Jonathan S. McCardle, Esq.


Attorney, Featherstonhaugh, Wiley & Clyne

Legislative analyst/political strategist, AARP

Kristen McManus


Legislative analyst/political strategist, AARP

Principal, Kivvit

Thomas Meara


Principal, Kivvit

Government affairs specialist, Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York

Adam Morey


Government affairs specialist, Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York

Executive director, Somos el Futuro

José M. Paulino


Executive director, Somos el Futuro

COO, co-owner and founder, Etain, LLC

Hillary Peckham


COO, co-owner and founder, Etain, LLC

Policy adviser, public safety, Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Joseph Popcun


Policy adviser, public safety, Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Parliamentarian and senior counsel, New York state Senate Republicans

David Previte


Parliamentarian and senior counsel, New York state Senate Republicans

Assistant to the president, United Federation of Teachers

Cassie Marie Prugh


Assistant to the president, United Federation of Teachers

Special assistant to the chief of staff and special projects manager, office of state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

Kyle R. Seeley


Special assistant to the chief of staff and special projects manager, office of state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

Director of executive chamber operations, Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Reid Sims


Director of executive chamber operations, Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Director of strategic campaigns, NYSNA

Steven A. Toff


Director of strategic campaigns, NYSNA

Deputy political director, 32BJ SEIU

Candis Tolliver


Deputy political director, 32BJ SEIU

State government relations coordinator, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron

Nicole L. Weingartner


State government relations coordinator, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron

Director of public policy, American Lung Association

Kristina Wieneke


Director of public policy, American Lung Association

Assemblywoman

Jaime Williams


Assemblywoman

Deputy press secretary, New York state Senate Republicans

Maureen Wren


Deputy press secretary, New York state Senate Republicans

Reporter, The New York Times

Vivian Yee


Reporter, The New York Times

Partner, KPMG

Marie Zimmerman


Partner, KPMG