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Chairman Tom Hoover

Tom Hoover was nominated by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to be Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission and confirmed by the State Senate on June 16, 2015.

Chairman Hoover was a basketball All-American at Villanova University, a first-round National Basketball Association (NBA) pick in 1963 and his professional career spanned seven seasons. After retiring from basketball, he embarked upon the next phase of his professional life, combining success as a businessman with a record of public service.

Over the years, Chairman Hoover has served in a number of governmental positions, including as Chief Inspector and Assistant Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Athletic Commission in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. He supervised fight cards, evaluated and approved boxer-manager contracts, coordinated television production work, and negotiated contracts with promoters on behalf of the State. Additionally, he conducted sessions in educating boxers on how to adjust to life outside the ring once their career is over and was also an advocate for indigent boxers.

Working on behalf of Governor Mario Cuomo’s Traffic Safety Committee, Chairman Hoover created and produced the New York State Seatbelt Safety Campaign. Additionally, he created, along with the New York State’s first Inspector General, the “Adopt a School” program and served as the Director of the Governor’s “Athlete’s Against Drugs and Drunk Driving” program. He was also the Executive Producer for “Voter Jam,” a national program to register voters on a non-partisan basis.

Chairman Hoover has maintained his ties to the NBA and is President of the New York metropolitan chapter of the NBA Retired Players Association. There, he helped develop programs to provide health care for former players and their families and financed academic scholarships for deserving young men and women. Chairman Hoover also oversees various mentoring programs and is Chief of the Advisory Board and Fundraising for the Our Children Foundation. He also testified in front of U.S. Senator John McCain and the Committee to help pass the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act in 2000.

Commissioner Edwin Torres

Commissioner Edwin Torres was nominated to sit on the New York State Athletic Commission by Governor David A. Paterson on June 4, 2008 and confirmed on August 8, 2008 by the New York State Senate.  He is a lifelong boxing enthusiast and was chosen for his legal acumen and his ability to apply his judicial skills in disputed matters that come before the Commission.

Commissioner Torres is also the author of three crime novels and two screenplays including Carlito’s Way. In 1959, after graduating from CUNY’s City College and receiving his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School, Commissioner Torres became the first Puerto Rican prosecutor in the homicide division for Manhattan District Attorney Frank S. Hogan.

In 1977, Commissioner Torres was named a judge in the City’s Criminal Court; and in 1979, he was elected to the State Supreme Court. After being reelected in 1993, he was honored by City College with a Townsend Harris Medal.

Commissioner Torres’s most notable work includes the screenplay for Carlito’s Way, which was released in 1993 starring Al Pacino. He recently completed two screenplays entitled, Deadlock and Pleasant Avenue. This screenplay is also in the process of being produced into a movie.

Commissioner John Signorile

A lifelong boxing enthusiast and participant, John Signorile was nominated to sit on the New York State Athletic Commission by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on June 14, 2013 and confirmed on June 20, 2013 by the New York State Senate.

He started boxing in 1980 in the amateur ranks through his retirement in 1995. He boxed overseas in Europe and throughout the United States in world amateur events, including the Police Fire World Games and the New York City Golden Gloves. 

Signorile had a distinguished career as an amateur and professional boxing judge. He judged in local, state, national, international and world championships. In recognition for his work, he received the Ring-8 Boxing Judge of the Year Award in 2012.

Additionally, he has also worked in the sport as a cut man, inspector and timekeeper here in New York State.
He served with distinction in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and was decorated for bravery on many occasions. He also served as Captain of the FDNY Boxing team from 1993-1995.