New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED 1/15/2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SERIO NAMES O’CONNOR SPECIAL DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT AND HARRIS FIRST ASSISTANT SPECIAL DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL OF STATE'S LIQUIDATION BUREAU

          Superintendent of Insurance Gregory V. Serio today announced that he has made two new appointments in the Liquidation Bureau. Serio has named James P. O’Connor Special Deputy Superintendent of the Liquidation Bureau and Steven R. Harris First Assistant Special Deputy Superintendent and General Counsel of the Liquidation Bureau. The appointments are effective immediately.

          "Jim brings to the Bureau valuable insurance oversight experience and a distinguished career in public service. Steve has been a key part of the Liquidation Bureau’s executive team providing effective counsel and critical decision making skills," said Serio. "I am pleased to welcome Jim to the Liquidation Bureau and look forward to continuing to work with Steve in his new capacity as we strive to maintain a stabile insurance marketplace and protect New York State’s policyholders."

          James P. O’Connor joins the Liquidation Bureau from the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) where he served as the Chief Legal Officer since December of 1995. From January of 1998 through January of 2002, Mr. O’Connor served as a Town Councilman for the Town of North Hempstead and previously served as Senior Attorney for the Long Island Lighting Company. He has frequently lectured on various insurance issues before the New York State Bar Association and was awarded the Brehon Law Society ‘Man of the Year’ award in 1999. Mr. O’Connor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Boston College and a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law.

          Since 2001, Steven R. Harris has been Assistant Special Deputy Superintendent and General Counsel of the Liquidation Bureau.  At the bureau, he has litigated cases involving coverage, reinsurance, and liquidation matters and overseen the legal department. Before entering public service, Mr. Harris was involved in private legal practice in the insurance field for over ten years.   Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School at Union University. He also holds the professional designations of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe).


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