Denis Hughes serves as a senior advisor to the firm. As the former chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Bank and the former president of the New York State AFL-CIO, he has been at the forefront of state policy for decades. Mr. Hughes recently served on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission to modernize and right-size state government, improve performance, increase accountability and save taxpayers money.
From 1999 until November 2012, Mr. Hughes served as president of the 2.5-million-member New York State AFL-CIO, and he has been a union member since 1968. Major achievements under his tenure include reforming the state’s workers’ compensation system, enacting a minimum wage for farm workers, and coordinating labor’s efforts to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health Care and Compensation Act. Mr. Hughes is a former commissioner of the New York State Insurance Fund, and served on the New York State Commission on State Asset Maximization.