Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Approves Hauer for Homeland Security Commissioner

Greg Ball

January 18, 2012


Albany, N.Y.– 1/18/2012— The New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Jerome M. Hauer as Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES).

Earlier today, the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs will approved Mr. Hauer as Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), the chair of the committee, recently introduced Mr. Hauer to more than 100 members of New York’s law enforcement and fire prevention community earlier this month at the district’s Inaugural Law Enforcement and Fire Prevention Roundtable Summit Meeting.

“Governor Cuomo has proven an uncanny ability to pick the exact right person for the job. This is just another example and New York will be safer because of the Governor’s great choice and Mr. Hauer’s proactive leadership. I have had several opportunities to meet with Jerome Hauer about the homeland security and emergency services concerns facing out state,” Senator Ball said. “In my opinion, no one is better suited to take on the challenges at hand and ensure New York is on the forefront of disaster response and homeland security.”

Jerome Hauer brings almost three decades of experience in the public and private sectors, the majority of which was focused in the areas of security and emergency management. Previously, Mr. Hauer was the Chief Executive Officer of the Hauer Group, a consulting firm that provides customized emergency management solutions to public and private clients around the world. Prior to starting the Hauer Group, Mr. Hauer served as a Co-Chair of the homeland security practice of Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations.

From 2002 to 2003, he was the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he was responsible for coordinating the country’s medical and public health preparedness and response to emergencies, including acts of biological, chemical and nuclear terrorism. From 2000-2002, he was the Managing Director of the crisis and consequence management group at Kroll Associates. Mr. Hauer previously served as Director of the Office of Emergency Management in New York City from 1996-2000.

“It’s an honor for me to be here with you today,” Mr. Hauer said during the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs meeting. “Senator Ball it’s been great getting to know you with your leadership on this committee. I look forward to working with all of you and whatever I can do let me know.”

For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, contact Brittany Oat (845) 200-9716.