In a surprising move, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has appointed Corinda Crossdale, a member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet, as the new commissioner of the Monroe County Department of Human Services.
Crossdale currently serves as director of the New York State Office for the Aging, and was also previously the state’s assistant secretary for health. She had also previously worked for Monroe County as its Office for the Aging Director, from January 2004 to June 2012.
“Corinda Crossdale is a highly respected leader within the human services community, and her vast experience at both the local and state levels allows the county to continue to offer quality services,” Dinolfo stated. “We are delighted to have Corinda back in Monroe County, doing what she does best, helping those who need it most, and looking out for the well-being of all Monroe County residents.”
As Monroe County Commissioner of the Department of Human Services, Crossdale will oversee the various forms of assistance provided to residents including income support, medical assistance and comprehensive services for children, families, disadvantaged adults and the elderly, county officials stated.
She will replace Kelly Reed in the position.
Reed held the role for over 10 years, during former county executive Maggie Brooks’ administration; however, Reed reportedly said Dinolfo decided to choose her own candidate for the position.
“I am honored to join county executive Dinolfo’s team; the county executive’s vision of working to improve the economic well-being of all families in Monroe County is one that I embrace, and look forward to assisting in making a reality,” Crossdale stated. “Working together with the county executive’s dedicated administration, as well as our community providers, I believe we can build a stronger future for all Monroe County residents.
Crossdale also served as the New York State Representative to the White House Conference on Aging in 2015.
She received her Associate of Science, Liberal Arts degree from Monroe Community College, her Bachelor of Science degree, Psychology from SUNY Brockport, and her Master of Social Work degree from Syracuse University.
Crossdale will assume the position in May, pending confirmation from the County Legislature.