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About the Board

Mission Statement

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board protects the rights of employees and employers by ensuring the proper delivery of benefits and by promoting compliance with the law.


The Board maintains 9 district offices across New York, located in

The Board operates service centers throughout the state, thereby providing convenient access for customers and stakeholders.


The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board administers workers’ compensation, disability benefits and Paid Family Leave. The Chair, Clarissa Rodriguez, is the administrative head of the agency, which employs approximately 1,000 people statewide.

Members of the Board

As Chair, Clarissa Rodriguez also presides over the Full Board which is charged with the review of various legal appeals.

Board Members are nominated by the Governor to serve up-to seven-year terms and must undergo Senate confirmation. The agency’s operating expenses, including Board Member compensation, are not paid from tax revenue, but rather from assessments on employers pursuant to NYS Workers’ Compensation Law, Section 151.

The Chair, Vice Chair, and Board Members are eligible for payment of expenses and annual compensation in the performance of their duties pursuant to NYS Workers’ Compensation Law, Section 148. Specifically, the Chair’s annual compensation (salary plus fringe benefits) is $333,203 ($199,451 salary), the Vice Chair’s annual compensation is $283,223 ($169,534 salary), and the annual compensation of each Board Member is $265,230 ($158,763 salary). For additional information regarding each currently serving member of the Board, please see the Biographies of the Chair and Board Members page.

Travel, including travel and lodging to Schenectady, NY for statutorily required monthly full Board meetings, as well as other non-personnel service (NPS) expenses by Board Members are listed in the table below. Figures for Fiscal year 2022-23 are actual, while Fiscal years 2023-24 and 2024-25 are projected:

Title Board Member Location 2022-23 Travel 2022-23 Other NPS 2023-24 Travel (Projected) 2023-24 Other NPS (Projected) 2024-25 Travel (Projected) 2024-25 Other NPS (Projected)
Chair Rodriguez, Clarissa New Windsor $4,743* $108 $14,000* $100 $12,000* $100
Vice Chair Foster, Freida Manhattan $2,787 $108 $7,000 $100 $7,000 $100
Board Member Ausili, Fredrick Hauppauge $2,282 $108 $1,000 n/a n/a n/a
Board Member Caggianelli, Pamela Rochester $1,647 $108 $4,000 $100 $4,000 $100
Board Member Crain, Steven Schenectady $0 $108 $0 $100 $0 $100
Board Member Delgado, Renee Schenectady $0 $81 $3,000 $100 $3,000 $100
Board Member Dilan, Martin Brooklyn $2,451 $108 $5,000 $100 $5,000 $100
Board Member Higgins, Mark Buffalo $1,850 $108 $4,000 $100 $4,000 $100
Board Member Hull, Linda Rochester $1,389 $108 $5,000 $100 $5,000 $100
Board Member Lobban, Loren Buffalo $3,438 $108 $7,000 $100 $7,000 $100
Board Member Paprocki, Ellen Syracuse $0 $27 $0 n/a n/a n/a
Board Member Perez, Gloribelle Manhattan n/a n/a $3,000 $100 $3,000 $100
Board Member Stasko, Mark Syracuse $1,712 $108 $3,000 $100 $3,000 $100
Board Member Tavares, Arelis Brooklyn $1,376 $108 $3,000 $100 $3,000 $100
Board Member Williams, Samuel Buffalo $1,510 $108 $2,000 $100 $2,000 $100
TOTAL $25,185 $1,409 $61,000 $1,300 $58,000 $1,300

* Includes the Chair’s statewide travel to multiple WCB locations as well as stakeholder meetings, speaking engagements, executive cabinet meetings and related duties.


In order to ensure a safe workplace and a hearing process free from any form of intimidation, the New York State Workers' Compensation Board (Board) prohibits both visitors and employees from carrying or bearing firearms or any other weapons on Board premises. This prohibition applies to all weapons as defined in the New York State Penal Law, and extends to all employees, parties, witnesses and visitors appearing on Board premises.

As a reminder, all visitors entering Board premises, along with their bags, briefcases, or other packages, are subject to search. Persons who do not submit to a search will not be permitted access and may be asked to leave the premises.

Any questions regarding this matter should be referred to the Office of Security at 518-402-0172.

History of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board

New York has had a no-fault workers' compensation system for nearly a century. Before enactment of the Workers' Compensation Law, when a worker was injured, the only remedy was to sue in the courts. When that happened, the employer could always raise an objection that the worker had assumed the risk of employment, or the injury was caused by the worker's negligence or that of another worker.

Today, the workers' compensation system guarantees both medical care and weekly cash benefits to people who are injured on the job. Weekly cash benefits and medical care are paid by the employer's insurance carrier, as directed by the Workers' Compensation Board. Employers pay for this insurance, and may not require the employee to contribute to the cost of compensation.

New York can trace its workers' compensation system back almost a full century and to a tragic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City. In that incident, 146 people died – mostly women, some as young as twelve. It was the greatest workplace disaster in New York until the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11. The fire galvanized labor and led to many reforms in safety, health, and labor laws. More to the point, it helped lead to the workers' compensation system both here in New York and across the country.

New York's Workers' Compensation law pre-dates Social Security and Prohibition. It is a law that needs to be revisited to keep up with the times. In 2007 the state of New York, in close partnership with labor and the business community, adopted a sweeping workers' compensation reform measure. Since then, benefits have increased while costs have decreased; injured workers are getting benefits faster; and fraud is being rooted out.

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