Majority Conference Announces Hiring of Brennan Center's Andrew Stengel As Senior Policy Advisor For Conference And For Senate Rules Reform Committee

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and State Senator David Valesky, Co-Chair of the State Senate’s Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform, today announced that the Senate Majority Conference has hired Andrew Stengel, former National Election Advocacy Director at the Brennan Center, to serve as Senior Policy Advisor for Government Reform. As part of that responsibility, Mr. Stengel will advise the Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform.

"Andrew Stengel comes to the Senate with unimpeachable credentials as a government reform advocate. His hiring shows the Senate's commitment to taking the necessary steps toward achieving a more open, accountable and inclusive legislative process," said Sen. Smith.

“As we undertake reforms that will make the Senate more deliberative, open, accountable and responsive, we thought it was critical to hire policy staff that understands the nature of our undertaking,” said Sen. Valesky. “Andrew Stengel has long been an advocate for reform writ large, and we look forward to his assistance as we work to make the Senate a fully functioning legislative body.”

Stengel brings more than 15 years of government, advocacy and communications
experience to the Senate Majority Conference, serving at points in his career as a confidential assistant in the administration of Governor Mario M. Cuomo, as Northeast Director for People For the American Way, and at the Brennan Center, among other posts. He is the co-author of the recent report: Still Broken: New York State Legislative Reform 2008 Update.

For more information, please see the attached press release.