FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TOBIN IS PROMOTED TO DEPARTMENTS DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL
Superintendent of Insurance Howard Mills today announced the appointment of Michael J. Tobin as the New York State Insurance Departments Deputy General Counsel. He assumes his new post immediately and will report to Susan Donnellan, the Departments Deputy Superintendent and General Counsel. Mr. Tobin had been the Departments Legislative Counsel since December 2001.
"Michael has served with distinction as our Legislative Counsel, and I look forward to working with him closely in his new position," Superintendent Mills said.
As Legislative Counsel, Mr. Tobin supervised the Insurance Departments Legislative Office in Albany and drafted all Departmental legislative initiatives. He provided policy analysis to the Governors office on pending insurance-related bills while also working with legislative staff and industry representatives to provide technical expertise on these bills. In addition, Mr. Tobin assisted in developing, coordinating and implementing Insurance Department policy.
Prior to joining the Insurance Department, Mr. Tobin served for three years as Associate Counsel in the New York State Assembly minority leaders office. He was primarily responsible in that position for briefing state legislators on legal issues related to workers compensation insurance, public pension funds and labor matters.
Mr. Tobin lives in East Greenbush, NY with his wife, Laura, and their children, Brian and Emma. He graduated cum laude from Siena College with a B.A. in political science and earned his J.D., also cum laude, from Albany Law School.