The New York state Senate has confirmed two new commissioners — Barbara Guinn as commissioner of the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden of the state Office of Children and Family Services — Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday.

Guinn has been acting commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance since July, replacing Daniel Tietz, and concurrently serves as executive deputy commissioner, a position she has held since March 2017. The office aims to help low-income residents meet their basic needs and to help those who can work become financially independent. In the past, she has also worked in the Division of Integrated Family Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, state Department of Labor and state Division of the Budget.

Harris-Madden recently served as executive director of the Westchester County Youth Bureau, where she managed a department that deploys financial and technical resources to hundreds of programs and contractors operated by nonprofit, private and municipal agencies that support children, youth and families. She has also served in four mayoral cabinets in the city of Mount Vernon and served as a federal and local grant reviewer and a New York State 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program evaluator.

Harris-Madden replaced Suzanne Miles-Gustave, who was acting commissioner for more than a year.

“My Administration is committed to ensuring we have a team dedicated to working hard and delivering results for New Yorkers,” Hochul said in a statement. “Both Barbara Guinn and Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden’s records have proven that they are up to the task, and I have no doubt they will continue to serve these roles with purpose and with all New Yorkers in mind.”


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