Assemblymember Steven Englebright Named By Governor Cuomo to Not-For-Profit Task Force

August 4, 2011

Assemblymember Steven Englebright, (D, I, WF, E. Setauket), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations, was named to the Governor’s Not-For Profit Task Force by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today in Albany. The taskforce was set up by Governor Cuomo to investigate the executive and administrator compensation levels at not-for-profits that receive taxpayer support from the state.

“I thank Assemblyman Englebright for agreeing to serve on this taskforce,” Governor Cuomo said. “This taskforce’s work is critical to ensuring that taxpayer dollars are actually being spent supporting the critical services these not-for-profits have agreed to provide to New Yorkers.”

“Governor Cuomo is right to order a review of the executive compensation of not-for-profits,” Assemblyman Englebright said. “These organizations play an important role in New York State, often serving much-needed causes and working on behalf of disadvantaged groups. However, as these not-for-profits are supported by taxpayer dollars, it is our responsibility to ensure that money is spent on helping others rather than excessive salary packages. I look forward to working together with other members of this task force to make sure not-for-profit organizations across New York are putting taxpayer money to good use.”

Governor Cuomo also announced the Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky will chair the taskforce. Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, Commissioner of the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, and Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair of the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, will also serve on the taskforce.