For Immediate Release - September 25, 2009

GOVERNOR PATRICK PRAISES OUTGOING BUDGET CHIEF KIRWAN FOR RESPONSIBLE FISCAL LEADERSHIP

Governor Elevates Undersecretary Gonzalez to Administration's Top A&F Position

BOSTON - Friday, September 25, 2009 - Governor Deval Patrick today announced the departure of Administration and Finance Secretary Leslie Kirwan, praising her for an outstanding record of fiscal management and discipline during an unprecedented economic downturn. Secretary Kirwan has accepted the position of Dean for Administration and Finance for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.

Undersecretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez, a key architect of the administration's budget policies and capital plan, will assume the role of secretary on October 12, the Governor said.

"Leslie is a stand-out in her field and a dear friend. Thanks to her exceptional leadership, our Commonwealth is set to emerge from the worst fiscal crisis in generations stronger than before," said Governor Patrick. "With the help of her intelligence, diligence and creativity, we have made tough but necessary budget choices, protected core services for the most vulnerable, and invested wisely in our economic future. I thank Leslie for a job exceptionally well done and wish her every success and happiness in the future."

"Jay has been with us since day one and is intimately familiar with the state's finances," Governor Patrick continued. "He is a tremendous talent with a deep understanding of our capital spending plan, landmark transportation reform law and our strategies for federal stimulus investment. Jay will keep Massachusetts' economic foundations strong and ensure we stay on course toward economic recovery."

Under the leadership of Secretary Kirwan, Administration and Finance has helped the Governor deliver a series of fiscal accomplishments in the face of historic budget constraints. Chief among them are passing three timely, balanced and honest budgets; aggressively and pro-actively managing FY09 revenue shortfalls; securing and investing millions in stimulus funds; and closing long-standing and egregious pension law and tax law loopholes. As chair of the Board of the Connector, Kirwan steered the authority responsible for implementing Massachusetts' landmark health care reform initiative through its formative stages and achieved unanimous votes on every big decision. She also co-chaired the Payment Reform Commission, which made important cost containment recommendations to ensure health care reform's sustainability.

"Looking back over close to three years as Administration and Finance Secretary, I am very proud of our record of fiscal responsibility in the midst of unprecedented economic challenges," said Secretary Kirwan. "It has been an honor to witness this Governor every day make the tough choices required of real leaders while also understanding the human impact behind each budget decision. Thanks to my exceptional team, we have been able to realize his vision of maintaining the fiscal health and sustainability of the budget while investing in key programs that lift people up."

"I am honored by Governor Patrick's confidence in me and look forward to maintaining the Commonwealth's solid financial footing as we meet the challenges that lie ahead responsibly and compassionately," said Undersecretary Gonzalez. "I could not have had a better role model for the job than Secretary Kirwan. She has demonstrated strong and capable fiscal leadership during the most severe downturn since the Great Depression, and she did so with grace and integrity. It has been a privilege to work with Leslie, and I wish her well in her new role at Harvard."

In his role as Undersecretary of Administration and Finance, Gonzalez's primary responsibilities included overseeing the development of the state's capital budget and the financing of the state's capital investments; working with the Executive Office of Transportation in the development and implementation of the Governor's transportation reform initiative; and overseeing certain aspects of the state's implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Prior to serving as Undersecretary, Gonzalez was a Partner at the law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, where his practice focused on public finance. He served as counsel to cities, towns, school districts and governmental entities throughout New England in connection with the financing and development of major capital projects and other governmental programs. He assisted with a wide array of projects, including the construction of schools and other public buildings, land conservation and various other municipal infrastructure improvements.

Undersecretary Gonzalez graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College, where he received his B.A. in Government, and later graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. He is married to Jenny Richlin and has two daughters, Isabel and Abby. The family resides in Brookline.

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