Cesar Perales

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Cesar Perales
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New York Secretary of State
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 4
PredecessorRuth Noemí Colón
Base salary$120,800
Elections and appointments
AppointedMarch 31, 2011
Appointed byGov. Andrew Cuomo (D)
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
New York City Deputy Mayor
Bachelor'sCity College of New York (1962)
J.D.Fordham Law School (1965)
Place of birthNew York City
Office website
Cesar Perales (b. November 12, 1940) is the current Secretary of State for New York. He was nominated to this position by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on March 31, 2011, and unanimously confirmed by the state Senate on June 7, 2011.[1] He replaced acting secretary Ruth Noemí Colón.

Perales, who also serves as a senior advisor for policy to the Governor, co-founded the Latino Justice Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (Latino Justice PRLDEF), serving as its first executive director and later as its president and general counsel.[2]

Among the many positions he has served in, Perales was appointed as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Service by then-Governor Mario Cuomo, Andrew Cuomo's father.[3]


Perales has spent the majority of his career as a public servant, including serving as Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the administration of President Jimmy Carter, as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services under Governor Mario M. Cuomo and as Deputy Mayor of New York City under Mayor David Dinkins. Perales is a co-founder of LatinoJustice PRLDEF.[4]


  • J.D., Fordham Law School, 1965
  • B.A., City College of New York, 1962
  • Honorary Doctorate, Lehman College

Political career

New York Secretary of State (2011-present)

Perales has served as New York Secretary of State since 2011.



Perales was first appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 31, 2011, and unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate on June 7, 2011.[4]

Contact Information

New York

Capitol Address:
Department of State
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Ave,
Albany, NY 12231-0001

Phone: (518) 474-4752
Fax: (518) 474-4597

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ruth Noemí Colón
New York Secretary of State
Succeeded by