MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
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For Immediate Release
Medical Society of the State of New York Announces Additions to Albany Government Affairs Staff
November 18, 2019, Westbury, NY— The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) is pleased to announce the addition of Zina Cary and Raza Ali to its Government Affairs Staff in Albany. Ms. Cary will be the Senior Associate Director for Government Affairs and Mr. Ali is a Legislative Associate.
“Zina brings a wealth of experience to MSSNY’s advocacy team,” said Art Fougner, MD, a Queens OB-GYN and president of MSSNY. “She has been extensively involved in numerous health care advocacy campaigns in New York and across the country to promote patient access to timely needed care. Her many achievements include successful advocacy efforts in support of a 2016 New York law that placed stronger restrictions around health insurers’ use of step therapy prescription medication protocols.”
Prior to joining MSSNY, Ms. Cary worked for numerous patient advocacy organizations, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the National Health Council and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Prior to that, she served as a Legislative Analyst for New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried. Zina received her B.S. degree from Northland College in Wisconsin.
Mr. Ali was most recently a reporter for the New York Statewatch service, reporting on the numerous Committee meetings that occur during the legislative session. He also was a legislative intern for U.S. Representative Paul Tonko. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Albany.
“Raza brings a great understanding of the legislative process, and has a proven ability to be knowledgeable on a wide breadth of legislative proposals simultaneously, tremendously important skills given the wide array of legislative issues of interest to the physicians of New York State” stated Dr. Fougner.
Ms. Cary and Mr. Ali join MSSNY’s Advocacy team led by longtime MSSNY lobbyists Moe Auster, MSSNY’s Senior Vice President and Chief Legislative Counsel; and Pat Clancy, MSSNY’s Senior Vice-President for Public Health.
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Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.
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