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The Capitol, an Albany publication focused on state government, has named the Insurance Department’s Deputy Superintendent and Chief Economist Hampton Finer a “Rising Star,” one of 40 leaders under 40 picked by the newspaper as among the best in New York government.

The Capitol described the selected group as “40 leaders in politics, government and advocacy whose talent, tenacity and passion…give us hope that the future of state politics is bright indeed…We looked for those whose work in the past year—a year as crazy as any we have seen around the state—has distinguished them in one way or another, and we highlighted those who we can be certain we will see continued good works from in the years ahead.”

“This recognition is well-earned. Dr. Finer’s list of achievements is stellar for anyone at any age,” Superintendent Eric Dinallo said. “His work for the Department and the State has been central to our success in managing the crisis in financial services. Crisis reveals true leadership abilities, and Hampton has shone over the past year. He has helped lead the charge in stabilizing the bond insurers, making the workers’ compensation system insurance faster, fairer and cheaper, and saving hundreds of millions for New York drivers among numerous other accomplishments. Congratulations!”

Finer joined the Department from the New York State Office of the Attorney General, where from 2001 to 2006 he directed the economic analysis activities, including the mutual fund market timing cases that resulted in more than $4 billion in restitution to consumers and changed the industry, bringing new openness. In 2005, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer recognized Finer with the Attorney General’s Award for Superior Service.

Previously, Finer was a staff economist in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics where he was recognized by the Chairman with the FTC’s Team Award and Award for Meritorious Service.


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