Federation's Forum with Commissioners of DoL and OTDA

Held at Community Resource Exchange in Lower Manhattan on June 22nd, the Federation’s latest forum was with New York State Commissioners M. Patricia Smith (Department of Labor) and David Hansell (Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance).  Commissioners Smith and Hansell were appointed to their respective posts early 2007 by Governor Eliot Spitzer.  Over 20 individuals participated in the forum, discussing topics such as driver’s license suspensions, English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, language access for services at state help centers, and other issues relevant to the Asian American community.

Through six different programs in the Department of Labor, Commissioner Smith oversees the well-being of New York State’s workforce and compliance with state labor laws.  The DoL promotes job creation and economic growth by striving to create and maintain a world-class workforce system.  They are committed to helping people find jobs and providing both employers and workers with tools with success by administering a variety of workforce development services.

As commissioner of the Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance, Mr. Hansell is charged with reducing child poverty through a variety of programs aimed at promoting greater self-sufficiency of New York State residents through the efficient delivery of temporary and transitional assistance, disability assistance and the collection of child support.

Read M. Patricia Smith’s Bio
Read David Hansell’s Bio
Pictures from the Forum