In May 2011, the New York State Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of RoAnn M. Destito as Commissioner of the Office of General Services, making her the first woman to be confirmed as OGS Commissioner.
Commissioner Destito is leading transformational changes at the Office of General Services as it implements programs that are changing the way government does business and make it more effective, efficient, and responsive to the needs of citizens. Destito is intensifying OGS’s focus on procuring services and commodities at best value and maximizing the use of state-owned and leased office space.
As a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, Commissioner Destito has played an integral role in the administration’s efforts to bolster New York’s economic development initiatives and provide increased opportunities for companies, including MWBEs and preferred sources, to do business with the state. She has also been named by the Governor to several boards, commissions, and task forces that rely on her institutional knowledge and years of experience working to improve the lives of New Yorkers and the communities where they reside.
Destito serves on the Governor’s Strategic Implementation Assessment Team, which reviews progress reports and proposals submitted by New York’s 10 Regional Economic Development Councils. At OGS, Destito has overseen the implementation of the NYS Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act, the modernization of the state’s procurement practices for commodities, services, and technology, and the development of contracts used to acquire the goods and services communities need when responding to emergencies.
Commissioner Destito has been an essential member of the Governor’s Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments, Raise the Age Implementation Task Force, State Commission on the Restoration of the Capitol, the New York State Pay Equity Study Panel, and the New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission, which was charged with planning and executing programs marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State.
Following her successful involvement with the Sauquoit Creek Floodplain Restoration project in Oneida County, Commissioner Destito was appointed to the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Multi-Agency Task Force, which is working with local communities to develop new plans to harden Lake Ontario waterfront infrastructure and enhance regional economies in flood-prone regions.
As a longstanding public servant, Destito is committed to restoring public trust and creating a government that New York can be proud of.
From Rome, New York, Destito was elected to represent the 116th Assembly district in 1992. During her time in the Assembly, she worked to advance and strengthen the state’s procurement practices, opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses, and support for military families.
Beginning in 2001, Destito served as chairwoman of the Assembly Standing Committee on Governmental Operations, which provides legislative and budget oversight. Commissioner Destito holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Relations from LeMoyne College.