Head of New York Workers’ Comp Board Stepping Down

June 15, 2009

Zachary Weiss, chairman of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, will resign next month to become a federal administrative law judge.

He became chairman of the board in October 2007, and was instrumental in implementing the state’s workers’ compensation reforms, which were enacted by the legislature that year.

In a statement, Gov. David Paterson praised Weiss’ leadership in helping to rein in workers’ comp costs in a state which was among the country’s most expensive.

“I would like to thank Governor Paterson for allowing me to serve the people of New York,” Weiss said. “Together, we have made the changes necessary for the State to fulfill its obligation to both workers and employers. Benefits have increased while costs have decreased; injured workers are getting benefits faster; and we are using new tools to fight fraud.”

Weiss’ resignation is effective July 21.

Source: New York Workers’ Compensation Board

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