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For Immediate Release:
March 25, 2013
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2012-2014 Empire State Fellows Making an Impact in First Year of Program Preparing
New Generation of Leaders for Policy-Making Roles in New York State Government

Application Deadline for 2013-2015 Class is April 12

ALBANY, NY – The inaugural class of the Empire State Fellows, a program created by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to prepare a new generation of leaders for policy-making roles in New York State government, has already made an impact on the administration. From promoting economic development programs to devising strategies to assist needy New Yorkers, the Empire State Fellows are working closely with officials in the administration and participating in key policy decisions that transform our State.

“We could not be happier with the 2012-2014 class of Empire State Fellows and we hope to attract another stellar class this year comprised of individuals who truly want to make a difference in New York,” said New York Department of State Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales, whose department oversees the program for the Governor.

Applications for the next class of Empire State Fellows (2013-2015) are due by Friday, April 12, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. To apply, candidates must email a cover letter, resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation to Additional information about the program and the application process is available at

During the first six months of the program, the Empire State Fellows have met and worked with top level administration officials and participated in intensive government and policy courses at the Rockefeller Institute in Albany. Currently, they are working on challenging and important issues facing New York State and using their knowledge and background to make positive contributions.

Examples of the work the current Fellows have undertaken in the last six months include:

• Development of financing options for the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation

• Minority and Women-Owned Business procurement

• New York Wine and Beer Summit to promote New York business

• Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts and New York State Long-Term Disaster Preparedness Initiative

• New York State Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund

• Regional Economic Development Councils Opportunity Agenda initiative

To learn more about the current Empire State Fellows class, go to

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