John Edwards-Campaign Organization, New York
Edwards for President, Inc.
On January 2, 2003, Sen. Edwards announced formation of a presidential exploratory committee.  Edwards for President, Inc. is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Nick Baldick, a former top Gore operative, is the campaign manager. 

Edwards for President, Inc. New York Leadership
State Director Terence Tolbert
(August 2003)  Most recently worked as chief of staff to Assemblyman Keith Wright.  Has worked on a number of city and state campaigns in New York.  Directed the 2000 Coordinated Campaign in Louisiana.
Deputy State Director Peter Hatch
On leave from the law firm of Schulte, Roth & Zabelle, LLP where he has practice employment law since 2001.  Hatch served as Field Director and Volunteer Coordinator in Edwards' Manchester, NH headquarters during the primary campaign.  Earlier, in Spring 2003, he formed The John Edwards Group, a volunteer association of young professionals.  He has worked on a number of New York campaigns including Jonathan Bing for Assembly, Liz Krueger for State Senate and Mark Green's campaigns for Mayor and U.S. Senate.  Hatch worked as Senior Economist in the Bureau of Fiscal and Economic Analysis for the State Deputy Comptroller for NYC.  He also worked for both the NYC Economic Development Corporation and the Fund for New York City Public Education, and served as a legislative fellow for U.S. Senator Patty Murray in Washington, D.C.  He received his B.A. from Columbia University, 1992; his M.P.P. from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1997; and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, 2001.  Hatch is a native New Yorker.
Deputy State Director Jonathan Voss
With the Edwards campaign since Fall 2003, first in Iowa, then New Hampshire.
Field Director Tom Kamber
Advises local nonprofits on branding and positioning, and has worked on a number of local campaigns.

Regional Coordinators
Buffalo, Rochester, Utica, Albany, Syracuse - Glenn Davis

Long Island, Hudson Valley - Zach Bongiovanni

NYC - Sangini Shah

Press Office

Press Secretary Colin Van Ostern
Press secretary for Edwards New Hampshire Primary campaign starting in March 2003.  Communications director for Gov. Jeanne Shaheen's U.S. Senate campaign in 2002.  Previously (and for several months after the 2002 campaign) press secretary for the NHDP.  Prior to that he lived in Washington, DC and worked as a producer for The McLaughlin Group and press secretary to Congressman Jim Turner (D-TX).  He also served as press secretary to Texas congressional candidate Loy Sneary. 
Press Secretary Alex Navarro
On leave from position as communications director to New York City Councilman Bill de Blasio.  Served as research director for Andrew Cuomo's 2002 gubernatorial campaign and then on the research staff of Carl McCall's gubernatorial campaign.

State Co-Chairs
New York City Councilman Bill de Blasio
(endorsement/state co-chair position announced on June 4, 2003)  New York City Councilman representing the 39th Council District in Brooklyn, elected in 2001 and seeking re-election in fall 2003.  In 2000 he managed Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign for U.S. Senate.  He was the highest-ranking official in the NY/NJ region for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  In 1996 he managed the Clinton/Gore campaign in New York. 
Assemblyman Jeff Klein
(announced Sept. 22, 2003)  Represents the 80th Assembly District-the Bronx.
New York City Councilman G. Oliver Koppell
(announced Oct. 9, 2003)  New York City Councilman representing the 11th Council District in the Bronx, elected in 2001.  Oliver was elected to the State Assembly in 1970 and represented Northwest Bronx there for 23 years.  He is senior partner in the firm of Koppell, Leavitt, Kerson, Leffler & Duane LP. 
Richard A. Dollinger 
(announced Oct. 9, 2003)  Former State Senator, represented most of Rochester as well as Greece and Brighton.  Elected in 1992, reelected four times, and retired in 2002 after redistricting.

Latino leaders: Councilmember Annabel Palma (D-Bronx), Councilmember Erik Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn), activist Ellie Jurado-Nieves, Wilfredo Larancuent, vice president of UNITE, and Maria Polanco, national vice president of ACORN.      02/28/04

New York ACORN political action committee - In New York, ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. In New York, the nation's largest community organization of low and moderate-income families, has more than 25,000 member households.  (Executive Director Bertha Lewis)     02/26/04

Former Congressman Richard Ottinger - served in the House of Representatives for six terms, representing New York's 25th District from 1965-71, its 24th District from 1975-83, and its 20th District from 1983-85.  Currently director of the Environmental Law Project at Pace University.      02/25/04

Rochester Mayor William Johnson Jr.      02/25/04

Former supporters of Howard Dean including Cornell Students for Dean (Peter S. Cohl, president); the Generation Dean group at the Rochester Institute of Technology; and Disabled for Dean group including Marvin Wasserman, President of the 504 Democratic Club, Pamela Bates, a Dean Delegate candidate and Michael A. Harris, New York State Co-Chair of Dean for America.  Also Eric Schmeltzer, deputy state director of Dean's New York campiagn, launched a site in the past few days.       02/23/04

Former Lieutenant Governor Mary Anne Krupsak - the first woman elected to New York statewide office, served under Hugh Carey from 1975-1978.   02/23/04

Schenectady County Sheriff Harry Buffardi   -  Schenectady County Clerk John Woodward   -  Schenectady City Council Member Denise Brucker   -  Schenectady City Democratic Chair Richard Naylor   -   Edwin D. Reilly, Jr., former Niskayuna Town Supervisor (previously supported Dean)   -   Gary McCarthy, Former City Council president, Schenectady County Democratic Chairman and member of the State Democratic Committee   - Donald Clough, Stockade Neighborhood Democratic Leader   -  Thomas Bellick, Union Nott Neighborhood Democratic Leader  -  Robert Sanders Woodlawn Neighborhood Democratic Leader. 02/22/04

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings  02/20/04

Congressman Michael R. McNulty  01/26/04
Staten Island Assemblyman Michael J. Cusick  01/26/04
New York City Councilman Vincent J Gentile  01/26/04
Tonawanda Councilman John J. Flynn  01/26/04
Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams  01/26/04

New York City Councilman Erik Martin Dilan  01/24/04

UNITE, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, which has 90,000 active members and retirees in the state, endorsed Sen. Edwards on Feb. 11, 2004.


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