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Astorino Makes Two Top Westchester County Appointments

County Executive Rob Astorino stands with two recent county appointees, Mary Mahon and Adam Rodriguez.
County Executive Rob Astorino stands with two recent county appointees, Mary Mahon and Adam Rodriguez. Photo Credit: contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- County Executive Robert Astorino announced Monday the appointments of Mary Mahon as commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Human Resources and Adam Rodriguez as director of Real Estate.

"Good government requires effective management, and these appointments put professionals with broad and diverse experience into two key positions of county government," Astorino said. "Mary and Adam have served the county well in their previous roles, and the county will continue to be well served by their legal knowledge and management expertise."

Mahon, previously the county’s director of Real Estate, has extensive experience in the areas of labor and employment practices and related litigation. She served a combined 11 years at the Long Island Rail Road and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Before that, she worked at Smith Barney for more than a decade, then served as general counsel to the New York City Community Development Agency.

"I am looking forward to bringing my experiences with private and public sector enterprises to bear in helping position the county’s workforce to handle the challenges today and into the future," Mahon said.

Mahon succeeds Kerry Oristano, who left the role of commissioner last year to pursue opportunities outside county government.

Rodriguez is moving into his new post as head of Real Estate from his job in the Westchester County Attorney’s Office, where he served as associate county attorney. While in the Law Department, he successfully represented the county in federal and state litigation, including before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals and the New York State Appellate Division.

Rodriguez has also been directly involved in the county’s affordable housing settlement.

"I am a first-generation American," said Rodriguez. "Both my parents were born in Cuba and came to America to flee Communism in search of a better life. The county executive’s faith in me in this role demonstrates the promise of opportunities in the United States. I look forward to promoting the county’s real estate interests and protecting the interests of taxpayers in the process."

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