In a last-minute agenda item, Susan G. Rosenthal was appointed to the position of President/Chief Executive Officer of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) at Thursday evening’s board meeting. She has been acting CEO since predecessor Charlene Indelicato left in March.
The vote was five in favor and one against. The dessenting vote was Board Member Margie Smith, who said, “I don’t think anything will change if I just accept business as usual.” Smith objected to the selection process and the fact that no search was conducted.
The meeting did not address whether a search for General Counsel is underway.
“She has done work on so many things that had been put aside. There are matters back on the table from eight years ago,” said Board Member Fay Fryer Christian.
While accepting the appointment, Rosenthal praised the community, and said of her time here “It’s interesting and challenging work. And there are so many committed RIOC employees.”
Rosenthal first joined RIOC as Vice President of Legal Affairs in May 2015. Soon after she was promoted to Vice President and General Counsel and has been wearing both the General Counsel and CEO hats since Indelicato left the corporation.
At the time of her appointment to Acting CEO, Rosenthal commended Indelicato on her team approach to leadership and expressed confidence in the RIOC staff.
As general counsel, Rosenthal was responsible for providing legal advice to the President/Chief Financial Officer, as well as to the Chairperson and members of the Board of Directors in connection with the actions of RIOC including the analysis and interpretation of applicable laws and litigation involving RIOC.
Among other responsibilities, she negotiated contracts and settlement agreements on RIOC’s behalf; drafted proposed resolutions, rules and regulations for promulgation by the Board; often conferring with the Office of the Attorney General, Inspector General, and other executive level government officials.
Rosenthal is the former General Counsel to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and also served as the Chief Ethics Officer to the department.
Prior to working for New York State, Ms. Rosenthal was in private practice as a business and bankruptcy litigator. Rosenthal has published several articles in the New York Law Journal and Equipment Leasing Today; and has served as a lecturer at Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s annual conventions, advising over 200 in house and outside counsel on hot topics in finance.
She received her law degree from the New York University School of Law.