Regina Calcaterra

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Regina M Calcaterra
BornNovember 9, 1966
New York
Alma materSeton Hall, SUNY New Paltz
OccupationSecurities attorney, state government executive
Website
http://reginacalcaterra.com/
 
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Regina M Calcaterra
BornNovember 9, 1966
New York
Alma materSeton Hall, SUNY New Paltz
OccupationSecurities attorney, state government executive
Website
http://reginacalcaterra.com/

Regina M. Calcaterra (born 1966) is an American attorney and author. She is an attorney working for the State of New York and formerly served as the executive director to two recent New York State Moreland Commissions, including the Utility Storm Preparedness and Response Commission and the Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. On June 30, 2014, it was reported by NY Daily News that Calcaterra remains an employee of the latter commission, which discontinued operations in March 2014.[1] Her appointment followed her service as Chief Deputy County Executive to Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone. She is also an advocate for foster children, supporter of government reform and formerly served as a frequent commentator of policy and politics appearing on CNBC, Newsday and other local media outlets.

Memoir[edit]

Calcaterra is the author of the memoir Etched in Sand, which tells the harrowing story of how she and her savvy siblings survived an abusive and painful childhood only to find themselves faced with the challenges of the foster-care system and intermittent homelessness in the shadows of Manhattan and the Hamptons. Etched in Sand has risen to #2 on the New York Times Best Sellers Non-Fiction E-Books list and #6 on Combined Print & Non-Fiction E-Books for the week ending June 22, 2014 and to #2 on the Wall Street Journal's Best Sellers Non-Fiction E-Books list and has remained on the New York Times Best Sellers lists for 10 consecutive weeks (May–July 2014). It has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning - the Science of Survival, Inside Edition, Good Day NY, CBS The Couch, the New York Law Journal, People Magazine, Newsday and other media outlets. It has been nominated for consideration for First Year Experience where colleges and universities are considering it for reading by incoming freshman.

Etched in Sand was released in August 2013 by HarperCollins Publishers, under Lisa Sharkey's Creative Development team.

Early life and education[edit]

Calcaterra was born and raised in Suffolk County, N.Y. with her four siblings, she grew up largely in and out of homelessness and foster care when abandoned by their single mother. Throughout her youth there were several weeks and months at a time where she was the sole caregiver of her younger siblings.[2] At the age of 14, she legally emancipated herself from her mother; she then aged out of foster care, at the age of 21 while putting herself through college.[3] She has written a memoir about how she and her savvy group of homeless siblings managed to survive while fighting to stay together, Etched in Sand was released in August 2013, Harper Collins.

She serves as a board member of You Gotta Believe, an organization that addresses the homeless children population by working to get foster children adopted, specifically older foster children. Regina is often asked to speak to international, national and local organizations on the need to change policy towards preparing older foster children for potential adoption.

Calcaterra was the plaintiff in the case In Re Parentage Regina M. Calcaterra, the first case of its kind in the United States that allowed an adult child to determine their true parentage via DNA.

Calcaterra is a 1996 graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law and in 1988 she received her bachelor's in political science from SUNY New Paltz.[4]

Public Policy and Governmental Experience[edit]

In November 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Calcaterra executive director of the newly convened Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response. The commission, authorized by the Moreland Act of the early 20th century, was constituted to investigate emergency management and preparedness following the controversial performance of state government during several recent severe weather events, including Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy. The commission released the results of its findings, as well as its policy recommendations, in June 2013.[5]

In July 2013, Calcaterra was again appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve as executive director of a commission, this time the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. The commission was created to investigate public corruption and provide recommendations to the Governor for strengthening the enforcement of effectiveness of laws related to public corruption. The commission put forth such recommendations in an interim report published in December 2013. The commission was disbanded by the governor in March, 2014 after the state legislature passed a package of ethics reforms included in the annual budget. Reports of complaints and allegations of interference and a lack of independence were raised against the commission and the governor by unnamed sources. Calcaterra presently serves as Deputy Counsel to the NYS Insurance Fund.(Albany Times Union, 8/1/14)

State Senate Campaign[edit]

In early 2010, Calcaterra, a Democrat, announced her candidacy for New York State Senate for the First Senatorial District. Her opponent was state Sen. Kenneth LaValle, a 34-year incumbent. She campaigned actively on several state issues including fair share of state services for Long Island, and changes to the state's school aid formula that would also bring property tax relief to Suffolk County. Her campaign ended when a lawsuit filed by supporters of her opponent succeeded to remove her from the ballot.

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