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Cuomo names Eve as development adviser

Leecia Eve, the daughter of the former influential assemblyman from Buffalo, is Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's new senior economic development adviser.

Eve, who has served as senior vice president of the Empire State Development Corp., will replace Patrick Foye as a member of Cuomo's executive chamber staff in charge of job creation and retention efforts.

Cuomo recently tapped Foye to be executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the big downstate transit operator also in charge of bridges, tunnels and the rebuilding efforts at the World Trade Center.

Eve is the daughter of former Deputy Assembly Speaker Arthur O. Eve. She previously worked on then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's staff, at the Hodgson Russ law firm and on the staff of then-Sen. Joseph Biden.

The new job for Eve was confirmed by an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Her salary was not available.

The appointment of Eve comes at a time when Cuomo has been trying to broaden his support among black leaders in the state. A recent Newsday article focused on black lawmakers' criticism about the pace of the administration's urban agenda.

Eve ran for lieutenant governor in 2008 and received backing from key New York City Democratic leaders. But former Gov. Eliot Spitzer cut a deal to take on David Paterson as his running mate. Two years later, Paterson was governor after Spitzer resigned in disgrace.

Eve's resume is long and includes work as a clerk for a judge on the state's highest court and as leader of a foundation. She is a 1990 graduate of Harvard Law School. She had been named earlier this year to the Empire State Development Corp.'s staff.