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Randy A. Daniels an American journalist and educator who served as Secretary of State of New York from 2001 to 2005. He resides in Westchester, New York and is currently employed as Vice Chairman of Gilford Securities, a real estate investing firm.
Daniels was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York in 1997 and currently serves as Vice Chairman. He was previously the senior vice president for economic revitalization at the Empire State Development Corporation. He was nominated for both positions by former Governor George Pataki. Daniels launched an unsuccessful Republican primary bid for Governor of New York in 2006.
Daniels held important positions in a number of different government entities. He served as the Director of Communications for the New York City Council President’s Office from 1986 to 1988, and was appointed Press Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Bahamas in 1988. In 1992, he briefly became Deputy Mayor of New York City under David Dinkins. Prior to his career in public service, Daniels worked for many years as a correspondent for CBS News and a Professor of Journalism.