by Gene Doyle, LMSW
Social Services Law § 22 authorizes the Commissioner to designate "one or more appropriate members of his [sic] staff to consider and decide such appeals. Any staff member so designated and authorized shall have authority to decide such appeals on behalf of the commissioner with the same force and effect as if the commissioner had made the decisions."
At the end of each Fair Hearing Decision, there is an unidentified signature above the title "Commissioner's Designee." Unfortunately, with one exception, the signatures are not accompanied by the printed names of the Commissioner's Designees.
Below are the names and signatures of past and present Commissioner's Designees:
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