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October 20, 2006

New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Andrew S. Eristoff today announced that he will resign his position effective Friday, November 3.

Commissioner Eristoff was appointed September 16, 2003, and had previously served as the Department’s Executive Deputy Commissioner.

In a letter delivered Friday to Governor George E. Pataki, Commissioner Eristoff said he was leaving “with mixed emotions.”

“It has been a privilege to serve in your Administration, and an honor to work with so many fine people. I leave with both pride in achievement and high confidence in the Department’s future. In myriad ways—from more online services to redesigned forms—we have built the nation’s most progressive and effective state tax administration,” Commissioner Eristoff said.

He praised the Department’s 4,700 employees for their hard work, determination and innovation.

“As a result, I’ve had the good fortune to see many of this agency’s far-reaching aspirations fulfilled,” Commissioner Eristoff said.

He cited among the Department’s many recent achievements:

  • The award-winning Project Portfolio Management initiative, Performance-Based Budgeting, and performance management programs that help focus resources, and accountability, on the Department’s top priority: voluntary compliance.
  • The ongoing e-MPIRE project, which has ushered in a new era of processing—replacing a hodgepodge of old systems and disjointed processes with one efficient system.
  • The Department’s nationally recognized Leadership Academy—established to meet the critical need for succession management—is grooming Tax’s future leaders.
  • The Department’s role in promoting interstate and state-IRS cooperation regarding tax shelters and compliance-oriented data exchange.

Prior to his service with the Tax Department, Commissioner Eristoff was the New York City Commissioner of Finance from 1999 to 2002 under Mayor Rudolf W. Giuliani, a member of the New York City Council from 1993 to 1999, and a legislative counsel in the New York State Senate.

He is currently a trustee of the Hudson Highlands Land Trust and a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is a board member of the Federation of Tax Administrators.

Commissioner Eristoff is a graduate of Princeton University (1985) and holds a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center (1989). He earned an Advanced Professional Certificate in Information Technology from New York University in 2000.

Mr. Eristoff is married to the former Catherine E. Baxter. They reside in Manhattan with their three children.


Updated: November 18, 2010