New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the appointment of Mary Beth Woods as the new Executive Director of the New York Workers’ Compensation Board. Mark Wade, the prior Executive Director, resigned in December 2015 to work as the Chief Claims Officer for Argo Group’s U.S. Operations. Along with Ms. Woods, six other individuals were appointed to various positions in governmental agencies as well.

Ms. Woods has worked for the NY Compensation Board for over 15 years. She held positions within the organization such as Deputy Executive Director, Director of Financial Administration, and Director of Leasing. Ms. Woods is a New York State certified public accountant, and before joining the Board, she worked for the New York State Division of the Budget, and as a supervising senior accountant at KPMG Peat Marwick. She holds a Bachelors in Science Degree in Business Administration from Siena College.

Additionally, Ms. Woods is a Board Member of the Compensation Insurance Rating Board, and is a past Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Group Self Insurance. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo commented on his appointees, stating, “their commitment to public service will be instrumental in our efforts to build a safer and stronger New York and I look forward to working with them in service to the people of our state.”

Not much is known about what changes, if any, Ms. Woods intends to implement. If you have been injured on the job and think you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation, contact an attorney who is experienced in that field. The Law Offices of McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson, & Riordan, LLP handles workers’ compensation claims throughout the five boroughs of New York City, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, in addition to both Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. Call (866) 557-7500 for a consultation.

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