Smith, M. Patricia
M. PATRICIA Smith is the commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor. President Obama nominated Smith to be the solicitor of labor in the U.S. Department of Labor, and she is currently awaiting confirmation to the post.
Smith has been a dynamic and effective labor advocate for over 30 years. She has been a driving force in overhauling the New York State Labor Department to focus on vigorously protecting workers and on ensuring that employers compete on a level playing field.
Before coming to the New York Labor Department, Smith served as chief of the Labor Bureau in the Office of the New York State Attorney General for eight years.
Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Smith worked for various legal services organizations representing unemployment claimants, minimum wage workers, workers in federal job training programs and job seekers.
She is a graduate of Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and New York University School of Law.
Smith’s Irish roots come from Co. Limerick. She is a grand niece of the famed Irish writer James Joyce.
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