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Albany Times Union  January 7, 2008

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Michael R. Fleischer worked at the highest levels of New York State Government during a more than 20-year public service career, including serving in executive-level positions in the state’s major transportation agencies during the administrations of four Governors. 
Fleischer served as Executive Director of the New York State Thruway from to 2003 to 2011. As the Chief Executive Officer of the 570-mile Thruway and the 524-mile state barge Canal System, Fleischer managed the day-to-day operations of the Authority while directly reporting to a Board of Directors consisting of seven members appointed by the Governor of New York State.  Fleischer developed and executed a statewide campaign to build support for the financing of a multi-year capital program, which included the first successful toll modification program implemented in nearly twenty years while focusing on preserving the Thruway’s infrastructure, E-ZPass improvements, enhanced customer service, and operational efficiencies

Fleischer worked at the New York State Department of Transportation from 1995 to 2003 including serving as First Deputy Commissioner at NYSDOT, where he was directly responsible for the development and implementation of the Department’s $1.65 billion annual highway and bridge program and the Department’s $4 billion annual budget, including funding for aviation, rail, ferry and transit programs, as well as the administrative functions of the agency, including the Offices of Budget and Finance, Engineering, Human Resources, and the Directors of Public Affairs and Governmental Relations.

Fleischer’s government service career began with over six years in the New York State Legislature, including on the staff of State Senator John R. Dunne (Nassau County) before serving on the staff of State Senator John B. Daly (Niagara County).

Mr. Fleischer has earned a reputation as a person of integrity, and has developed genuine relationships at all levels and throughout all geographic regions of New York State, including the NYS Thruway, NYSDOT, the Port Authority of NY & NJ, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York as well as the State Division of Budget, other State Agencies and the state Legislature.  Mr. Fleischer, a NYS licensed attorney, has excellent communication skills with vast experience in communicating on often complex issues to the public, the media, and elected officials.  He also has expertise in coalition building, highlighted by his development and delivery of a successful communication and coalition building plan that resulted in the first approved toll modification program implemented in nearly twenty years on the NYS Thruway.