Linda Lacewell was confirmed Thursday evening as the new superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, the agency that regulates banking, securities and insurance in New York state.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, nominated Lacewell to succeed Maria Vullo earlier this year.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be confirmed as superintendent of the Department of Financial Services,” Lacewell said. “I thank Governor Cuomo and the members of the New York state Senate for the opportunity to lead this essential agency, and I look forward to working with the entire Legislature at a time when it has never been more important to protect consumers, safeguard markets, enforce the law and encourage real financial services innovation.”
Lacewell, who was most recently a former top aide to Cuomo, took the helm of the agency in February, after Vullo, the former superintendent, left the post.
Lacewell has worked with Cuomo in various capacities for more than a decade. She first joined his team when he took office as New York state’s attorney general in 2007.
Before entering state government, Lacewell spent nearly a decade as a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn. While there, she was a member of the Enron Task Force, a panel of federal prosecutors and investigators responsible to reviewing what caused Enron Corp., an American energy company, to file for bankruptcy in 2001.
The task force brought fraud, money laundering and other charges against more than two dozen officials at the company. Lacewell led a settlement as part of the task force with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, which was allegedly used by Enron to raise its stock price without actually earning more profits by obtaining assets and loans from the bank.
She was most recently chief of staff to the executive chamber under Cuomo. She was in charge of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the chamber, and was widely considered one of Cuomo’s closest advisers and a powerhouse among her colleagues.
Lacewell was previously the state’s first chief risk officer, a position she took in 2015 under Cuomo. She served as his counsel when he was state attorney general, and reprised that role when he became governor in 2011.