RoAnn Destito, the first woman commissioner of New York State’s Office of General Services (OGS) and former assemblywoman, has announced her retirement. Her retirement is effective on October, 21, 2021. Destito was named Commissioner of OGS in May, 2011 and stepped down from her elected position in the New York State Assembly in order to take the appointed position. She was first elected to the Assembly in the 116th Assembly District in 1992.
As Commissioner of OGS, she accelerated the schedule for completing Capitol renovations, saved the state millions of dollars through restacking efforts, and reopened the popular Empire State Plaza Ice Rink, filling it up with restaurants and businesses. She went on to renovate Buildings 4 & 5 at the Harriman Campus and stood up the Business Services Center. Her department created the Division of Service-Disabled Veterans' Business Development, created a vehicle marketplace and built a new Expo Center at the State Fair. Under her leadership, OGS was instrumental in supporting other agencies' operations, contracting and distributing medical equipment and supplies, and doing the work necessary to safely bring State employees back to the office.
Destito graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Relations from the Le Moyne College in 1977.