Albany, NY – The New York State Insurance Fund Board of Commissioners unanimously elected Barry Swidler as NYSIF Vice Chairman at its regular monthly meeting on January 22, 2014.
Mr. Swidler, chairman of NYSIF Launderers and Cleaners Safety Group 34, is president and CEO of Long Island Carpet Cleaners, Inc., a family business started in 1917. Group 34, which began in 1923, is the oldest safety group in NYSIF’s safety group program.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve as vice chairman of the NYSIF Board of Commissioners,” Mr. Swidler said. “I thank my fellow board members for the respect and confidence they have shown me and look forward to continuing to work with them and Chairman Theobalds to serve New York business owners and their employees.”
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Mr. Swidler to NYSIF’s Board of Commissioners in 2013.
Mr. Swidler also is majority owner and president of American Fire Restoration, LLC, which provides cleanup operations following fire, water and mold damage in the tri-state area, and is the owner of Steady Gain Partners, LP, an investment partnership.
Mr. Swidler is chairman and a founding member of the Long Island Council for Birthright Israel, and serves on the Long Island UJA Executive Committee. He is co-chairman of the North Shore LIJ Hospital Commerce and Industry Council and an Associate Trustee of the NSLIJ Health system. He also has served as chairman of the Trustee Alumni Council of the College at the University of Rochester.
He is past president of New York Rug Cleaners, Inc., a local trade association for carpet and rug cleaners, and restorers. He also is past president of the Restoration Industry Association, an international trade association with over 1,000 members.
A graduate of the University of Rochester and Boston University School of Law, Mr. Swidler was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1981.