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Dolores Franco
Judge Franco has been with the Department of State since 2007.  She has served as an Administrative Law Judge in the Office of Administrative Hearings since January 2011.  Previously, she worked as the Director for the Division of Community Services.   As Director, Judge Franco was responsible for the administration and monitoring of all Community Services Block Grant funds, and their distribution to community action agencies throughout New York State.  In addition, Judge Franco was responsible for the distribution and reporting for federal grant money in 52 counties throughout the State of New York.  Before joining the Department of State, Judge Franco was an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County.  Judge Franco earned her Bachelor of Arts at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her Juris Doctor at Fordham University.  Judge Franco is fluent in Spanish.

Ziedah Giovanni
Judge Giovanni has served as an Administrative Law Judge with the Department of State since 2008.  Previously, she served as the Manhattan Regional Representative for the Governor of New York State.  In this role she worked as a liaison between community representatives and the Governor’s office, working to ensure that the public’s needs were represented in policy initiatives and budget priorities.  Judge Giovanni also served as a Policy Analyst in the Office of the Minority Leader for the New York State Senate.  Prior to joining the Senate, Judge Giovanni served as Board President of New Yorkers for Fair Representation.  As Board President, she co-founded NYFair in order to safeguard and promote the voting rights of New York voters and increase public awareness about the importance of removing barriers to voter representation.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor at Georgetown University Law Center.  Judge Giovanni is a member of the National Association of Women Judges.

Scott Nejame
Scott NeJame has served as a Supervising Administrative Law Judge with the Department of State since December 2005. From February 1993 to December 2005, he was a Senior Attorney for the Department of State in which he presented numerous and diverse hearings for the Department of State’s Litigation Unit.  Five years before that, Judge NeJame was in private practice working for a medium-sized defense litigation firm, Friedman, Hirschen & Miller, in Schenectady, New York. He is a Bachelor of Arts graduate of Union College and a Cum Laude graduate of the New England School of Law.

Roger Schneier
Judge Schneier has served as an Administrative Law Judge with the Department of State since 1975.  In addition, he was the Chairman of the State Cemetery Board and Counsel to the Secretary of State for the State Board of Public Disclosure and the Real Estate Advisory Board.  Judge Schneier has also served as a Senior Attorney with the New York State Department of Law in the Real Estate Financing Bureau.  Judge Schneier earned a Bachelor of Arts at New York University and a Juris Doctor at Fordham University School of Law.