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Appointments have Buffalo connection

Among appointments Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday are Rose Rodriguez, who spearheaded several agency efforts linked to his Buffalo Billion and other initiatives; and Elizabeth De Leon Bhargava, a SUNY Buffalo Law School graduate.

Rodriguez, who received her bachelor’s degree and law degree from Fordham University, has been appointed chief diversity officer. She has served the state in a variety of executive and management roles, most recently as special assistant to the commissioner and director of Workforce Development at the state Department of Labor, where she also led efforts on other governor initiatives included the New NY Bridge and New NY Bronx Works partnership.

Prior to joining the administration, she served as vice president for policy and programs at the Committee for Hispanic Children and Family Inc.; as senior advisor and director of constituent services for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton; and at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as deputy director in the Office of Community Planning and Development.

Bhargava has been appointed deputy secretary for labor. She has served as first deputy chief of staff for New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito and as deputy commissioner for the Neighborhood Development Division of the New York City Department of Small Business Services, where she was responsible for the city’s Business Improvement Districts, the largest network in the country investing more than $100 million in programs and services throughout NYC.

Before working for the city, she was associate commissioner for the state Department of Labor and assistant deputy counselor for the state attorney general.