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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2009

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that Zachary S. Weiss, Chair of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, will resign his position. Mr. Weiss will become a federal administrative law judge.

Governor Paterson issued the following statement:

“Since October 2007, when he was appointed as Chair of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, Zach Weiss has worked tirelessly to successfully implement the 2007 Workers’ Compensation reforms. He has demonstrated great compassion and a profound sense of fairness to both the injured workers of New York and those who employ them.

“Under Chair Weiss’ leadership, our workers’ compensation system has shown unprecedented improvement. Two years ago, New York had one of the most expensive workers’ compensation programs in the country. Now, we are much more competitive. Even more impressive is that these gains have not been on the backs of injured workers. Rather, we have increased their maximum benefit and decreased the time in which a disputed case is resolved.

“I would like to thank Zach for all he has done to benefit the employers and employees of our State and wish him well with his future endeavors.”

Chair of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board Zachary S. Weiss issued the following statement:

“I would like to thank Governor Paterson for allowing me to serve the people of New York. Together, we have made the changes necessary for the State to fulfill its obligation to both workers and employers. Benefits have increased while costs have decreased; injured workers are getting benefits faster; and we are using new tools to fight fraud. I also want to commend the people of the Workers’ Compensation Board for their consummate professionalism. The talent and dedication they have displayed will continue to serve the injured workers of New York State for years to come.”

Chair Weiss’ resignation will become effective on July 21, 2009.

CONTACT: publicinfo@wcb.state.ny.us