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Peter M. Rivera was confirmed as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor on June 20, 2012. In this position, Rivera oversees an agency of over ti,000 employees whose mission is to connect job seekers with employers, assist the unemployed, and protect workers. These activities are critical in achieving Governor Cuomo’s vision of a New, New York: a State of good jobs and renewed prosperity.
Rivera was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and migrated to New York City at an early age with his family. A graduate of New York City public schools, Rivera was awarded a Baccalaureate degree in Business Administration from Pace College and earned a Juris Doctor from St. John’s Law School. Rivera began his career in public service as a police officer in the South Bronx. He quickly rose to the rank of detective and went on to become a Federal Agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency.
After graduating from law school, Rivera joined the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, working as an Assistant District Attorney in the Homicide Bureau. Rivera was elected to the New York State Assembly in November of 1992 to represent the Van Nest, West Farms, Parkchester and Castle Hill areas of Bronx County. Rivera served as the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly and presided over the chamber. He was also a member of the Governor’s Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Review Team, a Chairman of the Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and a Chairman of the Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force. Rivera was the highest-ranking Latino elected official in the New York State Assembly.