NEW YORK—John Faso, the former Republican Leader of the New York State Assembly and recent candidate for State Comptroller, has been named senior advisor/public affairs for Ruder Finn. Faso was recently named partner of the national law and consulting firm Manatt Phelps Phillips. In providing public affairs advisory services, Faso will work from Albany, New York City and Washington D.C.
According to Peter Finn, co-CEO, Faso will play “a new and important role, adding strength to our policy competency. John will work with our management team on New York City, New York State and federal government relations issues in a time when governmental issues are a priority for many of our clients.”
A state fiscal expert, Faso chaired the 1994 budget transition team for then Governor-elect George Pataki that closed a record $5 billion budget deficit. He later served as ranking member of the Assembly’s fiscal committee and was unanimously elected three times by his colleagues to be Republican Minority Leader.
“During his years in the Assembly, John always worked closely with business leaders and officials at all levels,” says Finn. “He is uniquely capable of helping our firm, because he knows the legislative process, understands how policy is made and how policy makers think, and has a keen understanding of the needs of business.”