On January 12, 2015, Governor Cuomo announced the appointment of Kenneth Adams as the new Commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Mr. Adams has been the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development since 2011, and before that was the President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State from 2006 to 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Adams was President of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Director of the MetroTech Business Improvement District, and was the founding Executive Director of New York Cares. 

Outgoing Commissioner Thomas Mattox, who was appointed in January 2011, served throughout Governor Cuomo’s entire first term in office, and had recently overseen the enactment of legislation completely reforming New York’s corporate tax system for years beginning on or after January 1, 2015.