Bing Takes Cuomo Appointment
June 8th, 2011
Assemblyman Jonathan Bing made a lot of enemies in the labor movement when he authored a bill that would have gotten rid of last in first out. He made so many enemies that his re-election to his seat was very much in doubt.
“As it is now we can’t get rid of teachers who perform unsatisfactorily after giving them due process,” Bing told the Gazette of his bill earlier this year. “I think there is a better system out there than the one we have now. I am not trying to bust any union.”
Bing’s stand prompted an election challenge from a candidate backed by the United Federation of Teachers. It also won him the endorsement of — and at least $4,000 from — Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has made ending “last in, first out” a key goal. Bing won re-election with 65 percent of the vote.
But now thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo Bing has a new gig–special deputy superintendent of the New York Liquidation Bureau. If that doesn’t sound like a plum gig that is because it simply isn’t.
Bing put out this statement to supporters this morning:
This morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced my appointment as the Special Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Liquidation Bureau (NYLB). Receiving no taxpayer funding, the NYLB is a unique, 100-year old entity which protects the policyholders and creditors of insurance companies that have been declared impaired or insolvent. I also look forward to playing a role in the development of the new Department of Financial Services that was created in the recently passed State budget.
While I am excited to embark on this new endeavor, it will be bittersweet to end my Assembly career after the current session is completed in late June. I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish in Albany and on the East Side, and I believe that I have been able to make a positive impact on the lives of my constituents and many New Yorkers. I look forward to continuing my career in public service and community involvement.
Thank you for giving me the privilege of representing the 73rd Assembly District over the past nine years. Your support throughout many legislative battles and five political campaigns has been very gratifying and is something that I will never forget.
Here is the statement from Cuomo’s office:
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF ASSEMBLYMAN JONATHAN BING
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of Assemblyman Jonathan Bing to serve as Special Deputy Superintendent of the New York Liquidation Bureau.
Most recently, Jonathan Bing was serving his fifth term in the New York State Assembly where he represented the 73rd Assembly District since November of 2002. During his eight years in office Assemblyman Bing has authored 70 pieces of legislation, 30 of which have been signed into law. His 2010 legislative successes included the law which provides for no fault divorce in New York State, ending the State’s notoriety as the only jurisdiction in the nation without this provision. Continuing his efforts from past sessions to cut red tape for New York’s small businesses, Assemblyman Bing authored two laws in 2010 that will reduce administrative burdens in the insurance and real estate brokerage industries.
The Assemblyman served on the Assembly’s Health; Housing; Insurance; Judiciary; Social Services; and Tourism, Parks, Arts & Sports Development Committees. He was appointed Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigation in February 2011, after previously serving as the chair of the Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, the Legislative Task Force on People with Disabilities and the Subcommittee on Mitchell-Lama Housing.
Assemblyman Bing has received multiple awards in recognition of his service including the 2008 Hunter College Presidential Medal, a 2008 New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund Eco-Star award, and the 2005 Vanderbilt YMCA’s Champion of the Year Award.
“Assemblyman Bing is an incredibly talented and committed public servant and I am pleased to welcome him in to our administration,” Governor Cuomo said.By David King on June 8, 2011, 12:58 pm
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