NYS tax office on hunt for director

ALBANY: The New York State Department of Taxation & Finance is scrambling for a director of communications in the wake of Chris McKenna’s departure.

ALBANY: The New York State Department of Taxation & Finance is scrambling for a director of communications in the wake of Chris McKenna’s departure.

ALBANY: The New York State Department of Taxation & Finance is

scrambling for a director of communications in the wake of Chris

McKenna’s departure.



McKenna, who resigned late last month, is leaving the position for an

internal communications post with the New York State Senate. Named

director of majority conference services, he will coordinate

communications between the state senate office and New York’s 36

majority state senators.



McKenna said the position appealed to him for several reasons, not the

least of which is that it will involve little media relations. ’That

certainly was attractive,’ he quipped.



Although he was the lead spokesperson for the taxation and finance

department, the loss of McKenna is expected to have little impact on the

tax and group’s communications operations.



The office has two assistant directors for public information, Ruth

Burkhard and Michael Bucci, who will serve as spokespeople for the

department until McKenna’s replacement is named. The Governor’s Office

of Appointments will lead the search to fill the vacancy, according to

Burkhard.



Prior to joining the department, McKenna served from 1995 to 1998 as a

press spokesman for former Attorney General Dennis Vacco. Prior to that,

he was a press spokesman for Senator Ralph Marino.



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