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Verizon taps N.Y.'s former economic development chief for regional leadership post

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Verizon Communications Inc. has named Leecia Eve, former deputy secretary of economic development for the state of New York, vice president of government affairs.

Leecia Eve

Eve will lead the New Jersey telecommunications company's public policy initiatives in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. She will also represent Verizon on government and external affairs and regulatory matters.

Eve succeeds Jim Gerace, who was named Verizon's chief communications officer. She starts work July 15.

"Leecia has a wealth of knowledge in the public policy and government worlds," said Randy Milch, Verizon executive vice president, in a statement. "We have worked with Leecia on numerous occasions to help cultivate and spur economic activity in New York, and we share a sense of urgency in responding to the challenges of leveraging Verizon's innovative technologies and the ecosystems they enable across the region to help propel the next generation of growth for our communities."

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In her former role, Eve was New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's chief economic development adviser. She focused on attracting investment in New York's industries and infrastructure through public-private partnerships, inviting new businesses to join the state and help existing businesses expand.

Before that, Eve was executive vice president and general counsel of Empire State Development, New York's economic development agency. She also served as counsel and homeland security adviser to Hillary Clinton when she was a U.S. senator.

Reporter Tom Zanki is @BizTZanki on Twitter.

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