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Our Team

Allison Lee, Chief Executive Officer

Allison Lee’s expertise is rooted in her 25 years of government service at the local, state and federal levels. Her external government affairs expertise is based on years of navigating several Executive Administrations of different political affiliations, changes in key legislative Leaderships as well as significant positions in journalism, major market book publishing and non-profit and trade association administration. Allison’s understanding of government functions at all levels, coupled with years of direct experience in the media, uniquely positions her to advance the complex legislative, public policy and public relations needs of her clients. She is known for her tireless advocacy, commitment to detail and professional credibility.

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Mike O’Leary, Senior Vice President

Mike offers a seasoned hand at navigating the legislative and State administrative processes, and employs his solid advocacy skills to our clients’ advantage. Mike started working in the New York State Senate in 2007, and most recently served as Deputy Counsel to the NYS Senate Democratic Conference, where he was responsible for briefing the Conference on a daily basis on all major public policy initiatives, as well as parliamentary procedure and strategy. This position allowed him to develop an expertise in a myriad of diverse issues and build close relationships on the Senate floor. Mike also served as Senate Parliamentarian, Floor Counsel, and Team Leader for Public Protection for the Senate Democratic Conference when they held the Majority from 2008 – 2010.

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Paul Zuber, Vice President

Paul brings the knowledge and unique insight of more than two decade’s worth of experience working both in key positions within the New York State Legislature and as a pivotal and successful advocate for such high-profile clients as Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, MGM, Empire Resorts/Resorts World Catskills, and the New York State Laborers.

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Eric Henderson, Vice President of Health Policy

Eric J. Henderson has rapidly become one of Albany’s most experienced new health care hands. Most recently, Eric served as the Deputy Director for the Division of Long Term Care in the Office of Health Insurance Programs. In that capacity, he worked closely with division staff and assisted in the regulation, oversight, and modernization of long term care.

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Daniel Cain, Vice President

Dan brings a decade of experience in New York State politics to his role as Vice President. Previously holding the title of Director of Legislative Affairs at ASA, Dan has worked closely with every client and has gained experience on a broad range of issues. Dan will continue to work closely with the Legislative Director to ensure all client issues and legislation are being closely monitored and clients are kept updated in real time.

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Justin Birzon, Vice President for Policy and Regulation

Justin offers a rich diversity of experience and keen ability to navigate the legislative process, having worked for several prominent committees in both houses of the Legislature. Justin’s broad experience includes serving as Counsel on Judiciary, Energy, Housing, Cities, and Election Law issues.

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Jill Scalzo, Director of Legislative Affairs

Jill possesses both a depth and breadth of knowledge surrounding the legislative, executive and political spheres of state-level government. Before coming to ASA, Jill was the Deputy Director of Scheduling in the NYS Executive Chamber. In this capacity, she coordinated daily and long-term logistics for the Governor surrounding his scheduling, invitations and travel.

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Dan Vardaro, Director of Operations

Dan Vardaro brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him to ASA. Prior to joining ASA, Dan served as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff for Senator Jeff Klein, former New York State Senate Coalition Co-Leader and Leader of the Independent Democratic Conference.

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