Spitzer names AIDS champions Dennis Whalen and David Hansell to top spots
We're pretty much nonpartisan and suspicious in our perspective towards elected officials: we've seen plenty of good and bad folks in both major political parties. But we've been heartened by the quality of many of the new staff hired by incoming Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer.
Two cases in point: Dennis Whalen and David Hansell were named to top Spitzer spots this week, and both have strong track records on HIV/AIDS and disability policy that make them good candidates to be AIDS champions in Albany.
Whalen has been in the number-two spot (Executive Deputy Commissioner) at NYSDOH for about a decade, and has fought hard on the inside for smart and compassionate HIV/AIDS policies and funding. He's known as a ninja-class bureaucrat, and those insider skills have made a real difference during the Pataki administration in governmental battles large and small.
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