Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Appoints Deputy Attorney General For Administration

NEW YORK, NY (April 17, 2007) — Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of Edna Wells Handy as Deputy Attorney General Administration. As the chief administrative officer for the Department of Law, she will be responsible for personnel, budget, operations, and technology.

Ms. Handy’s distinguished career in public service has been marked by her talent for organizational design and development. Most recently, Ms. Handy has served as Deputy Executive Director for the New York City Department of Education, where she was responsible for redesigning the Division of Human Resources and Diversity Initiatives. Similarly, she was appointed by the Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals to be the Executive Director of the New York State Judicial Commission on Minorities to design and direct one of the first statewide commissions charged with examining treatment and representation of people of color in state courts, law schools, and related institutions.

Attorney General Cuomo said, “Edna Wells Handy has proven experience designing and implementing administrative reform for the public benefit. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated her strong commitment to institutional self-evaluation and diversity. The responsibilities of the Deputy Attorney General for Administration reach throughout the entire Department of Law; with Edna Wells Handy at the helm, I am confident that this office will be in good hands.”

Ms. Handy will directly manage 200 employees and oversee the approximately 1,900 employees of the Office of the Attorney General. She will also be responsible for supervising the Department of Law’s approximately $250,000,000 budget.

Prior to her position at the New York City Department of Education, Ms. Handy was the Interim Executive Director of Hale House, receiving Hale House’s “Turnaround Year” leadership award for her work. Ms. Handy served as the Bureau Chief of Law Enforcement Investigations at the Kings County District Attorney’s office, where she designed and directed one of the first bureaus in the nation charged with investigating and prosecuting cases involving abuse of force and misconduct by police. Ms. Handy has also served as an Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and an Assistant District Attorney for Kings County, and she founded the National Consortium of Race / Ethnic Commissions in the Court. She was a law clerk for the Honorable Lawrence W. Pierce of the Southern District of New York. Ms. Handy received a B.A. from New York University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School, where she was an associate editor of the Black Law Journal.