UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – RoAnn Destito, the Commissioner of New York State’s Office of General Services (OGS), will retire later this month. Commissioner Destito confirmed her retirement to Eyewitness News.
Destito was named Commissioner of OGS in May, 2011, the first woman to be appointed to head that office in the state’s history. She stepped down from her elected position in the New York State Assembly in order to take the appointed position. The Democrat was first elected to the Assembly in the 116th Assembly District in 1992.
In her capacity as the head of OGS, Destito over sees a multifaceted branch of the state’s government that includes state real estate, construction projects, property management and administrative services.
Destito’s last day as Commissioner will be October 21st. This is the letter she submitted announcing her retirement:
I am honored to have spent nearly 40 years serving the People of New York State as a legislative staffer, member of the Assembly, and, finally, as the first woman Commissioner of OGS.
I am incredibly proud of all we have accomplished during my time as your Commissioner and am grateful to have had the opportunity to know so many of the dedicated, talented, generous, and hard-working people who make up Team OGS.
As I’ve often said, your accomplishments are the Office of General Services’ success stories, and during my time as Commissioner, there have been too many of them to count.
Right from the start, I saw what my new team was capable of doing. We implemented an accelerated schedule for completing Capitol renovations, saved the State millions of dollars through our restacking efforts, and we reopened the popular Empire State Plaza Ice Rink to the public once again after years of being closed.
As time went on, Team OGS continued to write new chapters that contained even more success stories.
Together, we renovated Buildings 4 & 5 at the Harriman Campus and stood up the Business Services Center. We created the Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development, reached our MWBE goals, created a vehicle marketplace, built a new Expo Center at the State Fair, reintroduced the public to the State’s Harlem art collection, renovated our auditorium in Watertown, helped dig Western New York out from under a giant pile of snow, filled the Empire State Plaza up with restaurants and businesses, generated millions of taxpayer dollars by selling property and equipment, and the list of our agency’s achievements goes on and on.
I hope you are as gratified as I have been to be on Team OGS during COVID-19. Supporting other agencies’ operations, contracting and distributing medical equipment and supplies, and doing the work necessary to safely bring State employees back to the office is just a tiny portion of what we were responsible for during one of the most challenging times in our careers as public servants.
I want to especially recognize my Cabinet members for their indefatigable leadership and counsel that has helped me guide this agency in consistently meeting its mission.
I am looking forward to spending more time with my family, but, thanks to all of you, I will look back on the past 10 ½ years with great satisfaction over the relationships we’ve created, the laughs we shared, and the great things we accomplished for the People of New York State.
My retirement will be effective on October 21, 2021.
RoAnn M. Destito
Office of General Services