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The Authority is governed by a board of seven directors, each appointed by the Governor, one each upon the recommendation of the Majority Leader of the State Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly and the State Comptroller. Four directors constitute a quorum for meetings of the directors of the Authority. The Governor also designates the chairperson and vice-chairperson from among the directors.

Adam L. Barsky - Chairman & Director

Mr. Barsky is an accomplished senior executive who brings more than 25 years of dedicated experience in management and public policy.

Mr. Barsky currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the New York State Power Authority. Prior to that he served as Chief of Staff and a Special Counselor for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Mr. Barsky also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of IDB bank NY from 2006 to the 2017. In that senior role, he oversaw all aspects of risk management for the bank including credit, market and operational risk, and strategic and reputation risk.

Mr. Barsky currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the New York State Job Development Authority.

Mr. Barsky has held numerous positions in state and local government including Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Public Authorities, Financing and Housing and New York City Issues under Governor George Pataki. Before that, Mr. Barsky served as Budget Director and Chief Financial Officer of the City of New York under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations. Mr. Barsky also worked as Chairman of the New York City Employees Retirement System, Chairman of the New York City Transitional Finance Authority, Chairman of the NYC Municipal Water Finance Authority, Acting Commissioner of the New York City Department of Finance, and Chief Financial Officer of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Mr. Barsky graduated cum laude from the State University of New York, Albany with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is also a certified public accountant and has also completed Columbia Business School’s Risk Management Executive Education Program. Mr. Barsky was appointed as Chairman and a Director of the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority by Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 1, 2016.

His term expired on December 31, 2016 and he currently serves as a holdover.

Sylvia Cabana - Director

Sylvia A. Cabana is the founder of her own law firm. She has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of immigration and family law. Because of Ms. Cabana’s background and fluency in Spanish, her boutique law firm serves many of the needs of the Central American population on Long Island. She has built a career helping the Hispanic population navigate the legal system, specifically in regards to immigration and family law matters. Her immigration practice includes advising clients of their rights upon arrival to the USA; helping them to obtain work authorization and legal permanent residency from inception through trial/hearing and ultimately obtaining citizenship. Trial experience includes political asylum trials, cancellation of removal trials, adjustment of status and citizenship hearings. Her immigration practice also includes filing appellate briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals. Throughout Ms. Cabana’s career, she has fought hard for the rights of children. Sylvia’s family law practice includes child support hearings, visitation rights, custody and petitions for guardianship and special findings.

Ms. Cabana was elected Hempstead Town Clerk of the largest township in the United States consisting of over 800,000 residents. She served as Hempstead Town Clerk from January 1, 2018-December 31, 2019. Ms. Cabana managed over 75 employees and created and maintained a balanced budget for her tenure as Clerk. Her responsibilities included keeping of vital records such as birth, death and marriage certificates; marriage licenses, performance of marriage ceremonies; passport processing; translation of passport, marriage and birth documents from English to Spanish; development and execution of mobile passport unit; implementation of senior ID and child safety programs; modernization of the clerk’s office via installation of credit card processing systems and on-line permit applications.

Sylvia is involved in several community and professional based organizations. She is a Board member of Family and Children’s Association. She is involved with Nassau Bar Association, Long Island Hispanic Bar Association, Association of Deportation Defense Attorneys, National Charity League, Parent Teachers Association and Special Education Parent Teachers Association.

Ms. Cabana graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1989. She also obtained a Jurist Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law in 1992.

Ms. Cabana was appointed to the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority by Governor Kathy Hochul on March 10, 2022. Her term will expire on December 21, 2022.

Charo Ezdrin - Director

Charo Ezdrin opened her own law firm in 2010. As a former prosecutor for the Nassau County Attorney’s Office, Charo litigated abuse and neglect cases in Nassau County Family Court representing the Department of Social Services. As Assistant Director of the Legal Department, Charo was responsible for providing legal counsel to Child Protective Services; Services to Children and Families; Juvenile Detention Center and to the Office of the Commissioner. Charo represented the Department in Family Court, at fair hearings, including: expungement; childcare applications; foster care removal and adoption. Charo was a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team at the Coalition of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Currently, Charo is the Principal attorney of her firm; which includes 3 associate attorney’s and 2 paralegals. Her area of expertise is family, matrimonial, and criminal law. Prior to opening her firm, she was the director of Government Relations of Nassau County. She was promoted to this position by Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi. Charo was the liaison between the County Executive and Nassau County Legislature on many key matters such as Nassau County's budget and finances, legislation and local laws. Today, through tireless efforts she tenaciously defends her clients with vigor and determination.

Ms. Ezdrin received her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and was a recipient of the Geraldine A. Ferraro Award for Courage and Grace. She is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, previously a Commissioner on the Nassau County Bridge Authority, Director and Past President of the Syosset Woodbury Chamber of Commerce and an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association Matrimonial, Family, and Criminal Law Committees. Charo Is the proud mother of two girls Jacqui and Alexi and grandmother to Penelope.

Charo Ezdrin was appointed to the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority by Governor Kathy Hochul on the recommendation of Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie on March 10, 2022. Her term will expire on December 31, 2025.

Moshin Y. Meghji - Director

Mo Meghji is a nationally recognized turnaround professional whose 30+ year career has focused primarily on reviving companies experiencing financial, operational or strategic transitions to maximize value.

Mo has served as Chief Restructuring Officer in some of the most significant recent financial restructurings including Sears Holdings Corporation, Sanchez Energy Corporation and Capmark Financial Group. He has also served as a director on many corporate boards and he is currently a director of Equity Group International Foundation, which provides funding for underprivileged high potential students in Kenya. In 2021, Mo was appointed to the board of directors of the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo at the recommendation of Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Earlier in his career, Mo served as EVP & Head of Strategy at Springleaf Holdings and prior to that he co-founded advisory firm Loughlin Meghji + Company. During his tenure at Arthur Andersen & Co., Mo rose to Partner in the Global Corporate Finance group.

Mo is a graduate of the Schulich School of Business and he has previously qualified as a U.K. and Canadian Chartered Accountant and a U.S. Certified Turnaround Professional.

Mr. Meghji was appointed to the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority by Governor Andrew Cuomo on February 8, 2021 and his term will expire on December 31, 2021.

Lester Petracca - Director

Lester Petracca founded Triangle Equities in 1986 and serves as President of the New York based real estate company. With over 35 years of industry experience and demonstrated expertise operating at the intersection of public and private enterprise, Mr. Petracca focuses his business, public and charitable work on creating positive changes in the New York metropolitan area. He has created a thriving, full-service real estate company by coupling the building and management experience he first gained as a partner at a family operated construction firm, with the innovative, results-oriented and community-centric approach that has come to define Triangle’s work.

Under Mr. Petracca’s leadership, Triangle is focused on creating value in communities by embracing the complexities inherent to responsible urban development and takes pride in working closely with the communities it develops in. Mr. Petracca has fostered a development strategy that joins the creativity, determination and skill of the first-rate team he has assembled, with the resources and amenities needed by each of the communities in which Triangle invests.

Mr. Petracca also devotes considerable time to public service and charitable work. Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed him to both the Battery Park City Authority and Nassau County Interim Finance Authority and he currently sits on both, serving as Chairman of the Battery Park City Investment Committee and Chairman of the Employment and Compensation Committee for the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority. He was also a member of the General Contractors Association of New York.

Mr. Petracca graduated from the University of Dayton in 1977 with a B.S. in Finance and Management.

Mr. Petracca was appointed to the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority by Governor Andrew Cuomo on September 18, 2013. His term expired on December 31, 2016 and currently serves as a holdover.

Mr. Petracca was appointed to the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority by Governor Andrew Cuomo on September 18, 2013. His term expired on December 31, 2016 and currently serves as a holdover.

Christopher P. Wright - Director

Chris Wright is the firm-wide Managing Director of the Business Performance Improvement solution for Protiviti Consulting, and the leader of the firm’s Public Company Transformation and Financial Reporting Remediation and Compliance groups. He has over thirty years of experience serving clients as an external auditor, including 6 years as a partner at two global accounting firms (Arthur Andersen and KPMG), and as an internal auditor and risk consultant.

Chris has provided significant assistance to companies engaged in public offerings and M&A, and those experiencing restatements, regulatory inquiries, financial investigations and difficulties in implementing new accounting pronouncements. Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting from Franciscan University, a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University and a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University.

Chris serves on the boards of several charitable, civic, educational and business organizations, and is regularly engaged in public speaking and the development and delivery of internal and external training sessions and programs.

Dr. Wright was appointed to the NIFA Board by Governor Spitzer upon the recommendation from NYS Comptroller DiNapoli on September 24, 2007. He was re-appointed, again on the recommendation of Comptroller DiNapoli, by Governor Paterson on June 15, 2010, and Governor Cuomo on January 29, 2015 and August 3, 2018. Mr. Wright was reappointed on the recommendation of Comptroller DiNapoli and Governor Hochul on March 10, 2022, his term of office will expire on December 31, 2025.

John Zaso - Director

John R. Zaso, D.O., F.A.A.P., F.A.E.M.S.

Dr. Zaso is a locally raised, pediatrician who has been dedicated to the health and development of Nassau County’s pediatric population for over 30 years. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Emergency Medical Service. He serves as Medical Director for two local Fire Departments, sits on the board of Nassau County’s Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (REMAC) and Medical Reserve Corps. (MRC). He serves as NUMC’s Sixth Battalion EMS liaison and is the East Meadow School District Physician.

Dr. Zaso is an appointed Board Member for the Nassau County Department of Health, where he has served the County for the past five years.

He also holds the seat of Vice Chairman of the Board for EMPRO, a medical malpractice insurance firm, formerly known as PRI. During his time on the Board, he has assisted in the transformation of PRI to what is now known as EMPRO.

Dr. Zaso enjoys teaching the next generation of medical professionals, especially in the fields of pediatrics and EMS. To this end, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Hofstra-Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine, NYIT-COM, and serves as the Pediatric Clerkship Director for Touro-COM. He is also an Instructor in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Basic Life Support through the American Heart Association.

Dr. Zaso is an appointed Honorary Police Surgeon for the New York City Police Department and a PBA Surgeon for the New York State Troopers.

His private practice is affiliated with Northshore-Long Island Jewish Manhasset Hospital, Long Island Jewish/Cohen’s Children’s Hospital, NYU Langone Winthrop Hospital and Nassau University Medical Center.

Dr. Zaso is an alumnus of Chaminade High School, SUNY Stony Brook University and NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. His private practice is located in East Meadow and is affiliated with The Independent Physician Association of New York, where he also serves as a Board Member.

Dr. Zaso was appointed to the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority by Governor Kathy Hochul on March 10, 2022. His term will expire on December 31, 2022.

NIFA STAFF

Evan Cohen - Executive Director

Evan Cohen serves as Executive Director. Mr. Cohen has approximately 30 years of financial management experience dealing with governments. He has worked for the Authority since 2000 and previously worked for the New York State Financial Control Board for the City of New York. Mr. Cohen earned a BE in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Finance.

Conal Denion – Deputy General Counsel

Conal Denion serves as Deputy General Counsel. Mr. Denion has been admitted to the practice of law in New York State since 1990. He has worked for the majority of his legal career in the public sector.

Carl A. Dreyer - Treasurer

Carl Dreyer serves as Treasurer at NIFA. Carl has a Master's Degree in Finance and has been a Certified Public Accountant in New York State since 1982. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Chartered Global Managerial Accountants.

Kathleen Stella - Corporate Secretary & Chief Administrator

Kathleen Stella serves as Corporate Secretary and Chief Administrator. Ms. Stella's responsibilities include the organization of all meetings of the Directors as well as the preparation of numerous filings to fulfill State requirements. Prior to NIFA, Ms. Stella had 18 years' experience with the Long Island Power Authority as their Human Resources Coordinator and served as Board Secretary.

Jeremy Wise - General Counsel

Jeremy Wise serves as General Counsel and Chief Borrowing Officer. Mr. Wise has been admitted to the practice of law in New York State since 1978. The majority of his legal career has been spent working in the area of public finance.

Martha B. Worsham – Deputy Director

Martha Worsham serves as Deputy Director at NIFA. She has approximately 30 years of financial analysis experience in the private sector and government. Prior to joining NIFA, Mrs. Worsham worked for Nassau County as a Deputy Budget Director.


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