N.Y. Insurance Fund Names Wehner as Executive Director

December 8, 2005

David P. Wehner, who has been chairman of the state’s Workers Compensation Board since 2004, has left that post to become executive director of the New York State Insurance Fund.

Wehner fills the vacancy left by the departure of Ken Ross as executive director earlier this year. Since that time, Christopher Barclay, secretary to the Board of Commissioners, and Douglas Hayden, general attorney, have been sharing director duties.

Wehner, nominated by Governor George E. Pataki, was sworn in as chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Board on March 9, 2004.

NYSIF is a non-profit agency that was created as part of the Workers’ Compensation Law of 1914. By law, NYSIF is a competitive insurance carrier that sells workers’ compensation and disability benefits insurance to any employer doing business in New York State. Approximately 186,000 employers hold NYSIF workers’ compensation insurance policies, constituting about 37 percent of the market.

The Workers’ Compensation Board administers benefit programs that protect the rights of injured workers.

Wehner served previously as executive deputy commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor for more than three years.

A former member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, Wehner is also a past president of the National Association of Government Labor Officials. He previously served for U.S.Senator Alfonse M. D’Amato.

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