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O'Donnell Will Oversee Homeland Security in New York

By WBFO News

Albany, NY – Governor Paterson announced Monday that Denise O'Donnell, the state's commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services will also take over homeland security duties.

O'Donnell, who hails from Buffalo, will replace current Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Michael Balboni, whose is resigningFebruary 2nd. Balboni is going to work in the private sector.

O'Donnell will oversee all homeland security and criminal justice agencies including the Office of Homeland Security, the Division of State Police, the Department of Corrections and the Division of Parole.

"As Commissioner of DCJS, Denise O'Donnell has proven to be a highly effective, energetic and creative administrator," Governor Paterson added. "I have enormous confidence in Denise and I am certain she will continue to serve the citizens of New York State with great distinction."

O'Donnell will be paid $165,000 a year.