About the Commissioner
|Jerry Boone was confirmed as the New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance on June 16, 2015. Commissioner Boone brings to the Tax Department a distinguished career in government and business, complemented by a passion for executive leadership and workforce management.
Most recently, Mr. Boone served for three years as President of the New York State Civil Service Commission and Commissioner of the Department of Civil Service. There he oversaw merit administration, civil service workforce policy, and health benefits for the 153,000-person New York State executive workforce.
Mr. Boone's career in New York State government began in the Attorney General's Office as an Assistant Attorney General handling a wide range of litigation. He went on to lead real estate transactions and litigation in the Real Property Bureau, and ultimately was appointed Solicitor General — the State's chief appellate lawyer, litigation manager, and public finance bond counsel.
In the private sector, Mr. Boone was corporate in-house counsel and risk compliance officer in a leading gaming and hospitality company. He was involved in many facets of the gaming industry, including private-public partnerships for workforce development, economic development investment, and incubators for small business start-up. His operations experience included leading casino operations for the largest casino in Louisiana, and workforce management and internal communications for a Fortune 500 gaming and hospitality company of 85,000 employees.
Mr. Boone also has a background in creating affordable housing for first-time homebuyers and tenants. His company focused on the acquisition and rehabilitation of distressed properties to develop quality, affordable housing for sale or rental to lower- to middle-income households.
Mr. Boone earned a B.A. from Columbia University and a law degree from Boston College Law School. He resides in Rensselaer County with his wife, Dr. Janice Pride-Boone. They have two adult sons and a teenage daughter.