By BrownWeinraub | September 19, 2022

Adds nearly 25 years of transportation policy expertise, including leadership roles at NYS Thruway Authority and NYSDOT

Micheal R. Fleischer, Esq. has joined BrownWeinraub, strengthening the firm’s transportation and public infrastructure practice with nearly 25 years of experience including leadership positions at the highest levels of New York State’s major transportation agencies during the administrations of four Governors.

Fleischer established and led Strategic Public Affairs NY specializing in infrastructure funding, policies, and investment strategies, representing a dozen clients.

Fleischer served as Executive Director of the New York State Thruway from to 2003 to 2011. As the Chief Executive Officer of the 570-mile Thruway and the 524-mile state barge Canal System, Fleischer managed the day-to-day operations of the Authority while directly reporting to a Board of Directors consisting of seven members appointed by the Governor of New York State. He developed and executed a statewide campaign to build support for the financing of a multi-year capital program, which included the first successful toll modification program implemented in nearly twenty years while focusing on preserving the Thruway’s infrastructure, E-ZPass improvements, enhanced customer service, and operational efficiencies.

Fleischer worked at the New York State Department of Transportation from 1995 to 2003 including serving as First Deputy Commissioner at NYSDOT, where he was directly responsible for the development and implementation of the Department’s $1.65 billion annual highway and bridge program and the Department’s $4 billion annual budget, including funding for aviation, rail, ferry and transit programs, as well as the administrative functions of the agency, including the Offices of Budget and Finance, Engineering, Human Resources, and the Directors of Public Affairs and Governmental Relations.

A NYS licensed attorney, Fleischer lives in East Greenbush, NY with his wife Alicia and their five children.


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