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Cooney ’04 Mayor’s Chief of Staff

Jeremy Cooney ’04 has been named chief of staff to the City of Rochester’s new Mayor Lovely Warren. He was most recently vice president of development for the YMCA of Greater Rochester.

Cooney graduated with honors in public policy from Hobart. He was a member of the Druid Society, Chi Phi fraternity and was president of Hobart Student Government. After graduation, Cooney worked at Alumni House and was named manager of campaign leadership of The Campaign for the Colleges. He then attended the University of Albany Law School. He was selected to serve on the editorial board for the Albany Law Review as its executive editor for symposia and graduated cum laude.

He practiced in a wide range of civil litigation matters including medical malpractice, commercial litigation, product liability, and general defense litigation, with Ward Greenberg Heller and Reidy, in Rochester, N.Y. Cooney was recently appointed as a member of the New York Young Leaders Congress because of his passion for and interest in promoting his home state.

An announcement about his appointment appeared in City Newspaper and follows.

City Newspaper
Warren makes appointments

Christine Carrie Fien • December 13, 2013

Rochester Mayor-elect Lovely Warren has announced the first round of appointments for her incoming administration. Staying on will be Deputy Mayor Leonard Redon and Chief Information Officer Lisa Bobo. The rest are new and semi-new faces.

Christine Christopher, who was Warren’s chief spokesperson during the mayoral campaign, will be the director of communications. Christopher is the owner of Christopher Communications, a public relations and marketing firm, and is also an independent filmmaker. She has been involved in numerous political campaigns going back to 1990.

Attorney Jeremy Cooney will be Warren’s chief of staff. Most recently he was vice president of development for the YMCA, and is a former litigation attorney with Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP.

Allen Williams is Warren’s pick for director of special projects. Allen serves on Monroe Community College’s Board of Trustees and is a former member of the Rochester school board. His background is in finances and accounting.

Some people in city government will also be changing jobs. Marisol O. Ramos-Lopez will become commissioner for the Department of Recreation and Youth Services. She is currently an administrator for one of the city’s Service Centers. And Norman Jones will lead the Department of Environmental Services. Jones is currently director of the Bureau of Operations and Parks for the city.

Also, earlier today, Rochester Fire Chief Sal Mitrano announced his retirement.