Michael A. L. Balboni

Executive Director

Michael A.L. Balboni is the Executive Director of Greater New York Health Care Facilities Association. He leads the Association’s government relations, labor negotiations, and political activities, and manages daily operations. Mr. Balboni leverages 25 years of experience in government to enable and empower the Association to achieve its mission.

Prior to his role in the Association, Mr. Balboni was appointed Deputy Secretary for Public Safety for the State of New York in January 2007 and served in this capacity until January 2009. Designated the Senior Homeland Security and Law Enforcement official for the State of New York, Mr. Balboni managed the Public Safety Directorate, comprised of more than sixty thousand people across thirteen State agencies, including the Office of Homeland Security, Division of State Police, Division of Military and Naval Affairs, and the State Emergency Management Office all with a budget of 5 billion dollars. During his tenure, Mr. Balboni spearheaded several innovative programsthe first of their kind in the nation; including New York alert, a multimedia, cyber-based emergency notification system with 1.5 million subscribers; CI-SAR, which overlays suspicious activity tip information upon critical infrastructure to provide threat context and trend analysis capability; and Empire Shield Reconfiguration, which redeploys National Guard units so as to form a rapid response and a surge patrol capability for the region’s airports, train terminals, tunnels, bridges, and nuclear power plants. Mr. Balboni also served as the Security Chair for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, in which he was responsible for helping to oversee the security for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center.

Before being appointed to the governor’s cabinet, Mr. Balboni represented the Seventh Senate District of the State of New York, located in Nassau County, from December 1997 to December 2006. As a state senator, he chaired the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, pioneering the enactment of nearly every anti-terrorism law in New York State, including the first chemical plant security law in the nation, the criminalization of acts of biological and chemical terrorism, water plant security, pet sheltering laws for disasters, and creation of the New York State Office of Homeland Security.

Prior to his election to the New York State Senate, Mr. Balboni represented the Seventeenth Assembly District from February 1990 to December 1997, and served as the Ranking Minority Member of the House Judiciary Committee, the Minority Chair for Reappointments, and the Floor Leaver for debates. Significant laws passed during his tenure were the Codification of the Unworthy Heir Doctrine and the Employee Assistance Mortgage Bill.

In addition to Mr. Balboni’s role at the Association, he is the President and Managing Director of RedLand Strategies, a full-service consulting firm focused on business development, homeland security and government relations. He also serves on the Board of Directors of George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, and a litany of think tanks and charitable boards. Mr. Balboni is called upon as a regular contributor to various print and television media outlets a testament to his expertise in the homeland security and government relations realm.


Chief Counsel/Labor Counsel

Robin C. Rosen serves as Chief Counsel and Labor Counsel for Greater New York Health Care Facilities Association. In her capacity as Labor Counsel, Robin’s practice focuses on advising and assisting our members in both union and non-union labor and employment issues. Robin represents members at arbitration, grievance mediation and in contract negotiations. She interprets collective bargaining agreements and is available for consultation on Federal, State and local labor and employment laws and issues. Robin also represents members in State and City human rights matters, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) matters and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) matters. She is also available to conduct on-site in-service education on various employment matters, including disciplinary issues, Federal and State labor and employment laws and requirements and contract interpretation and application.

In addition to her roles as Chief Counsel and Labor Counsel, Robin also serves as an Employer Trustee on the Board of Trustees of the 1199SEIU Greater New York Funds, including the Benefit Fund, Pension Fund, Education Fund, Worker Participation Fund, Job Security Fund and Long Term Care Advocacy Project. She also sits on various committees related to these Funds.

Robin is a member of the New York State Bar Association and its Labor Law section. She is also a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

Robin has worked at Greater New York Health Care Facilities Association since 1996. She received her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from SUNY Stony Brook.

Mary Gracey-White, RN

Director of Regulatory Compliance

Mary Gracey-White is a Registered Nurse with experience in acute and post-acute care. Mary brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise to our Association. Her past experience include a variety of leadership positions in the clinical and regulatory areas including long term care consultant, director of staff development, a quality assurance coordinator and a wound care director within long term care facilities. In addition to her impressive, hands-on, long term care experience, she also has invaluable experience in reviewing and assessing facility compliance with all aspects of federal and state regulations.

As the Director of Regulatory Compliance, Mary is responsible for meeting the Association’s commitment to ensuring members are knowledgeable regarding clinical and regulatory information to promote quality and excellence for members. In her efforts to meet this commitment and serve our members, Mary and our regulatory team are responsible for providing the following services: on-site visits to assess compliance with clinical and regulatory issues, provision of mock surveys, development of plans of correction, quality assurance performance improvement, policy and procedure development and in-service training. In addition, Mary develops, and coordinates educational seminars for members on current issues impacting the post-acute care industry, interprets and disseminates NYSDOH and CMS Memorandum as well as actively participating in collaborations ensuring communication and representation for our membership in pertinent initiatives.

Arlette A Drigpaul, MSN, RN

Infection Preventionist/Education Coordinator

George Horowitz

Financial Consultant

Laura Brick

Legal Assistant/Paralegal