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Traffic Magistrate David Cruise Joins Raimondo as Legislative Director; Other Staff Picks Named

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R. David Cruise, an administrative magistrate for the state Traffic Tribunal and previous chief of staff for Bruce Sundlun and Joseph Montalbano, is...

R. David Cruise, an administrative magistrate for the state Traffic Tribunal and previous chief of staff for Bruce Sundlun and Joseph Montalbano, is joining Governer-elect Gina Raimondo's administration as legislative director.

"I think it's a great opportunity," Cruise, 58, tells RIPR. While leaving a judicial post for an executive staff position is highly unusual, Cruise said he's attracted by the chance to work with Raimondo -- "a dynamic leader" -- and wrestle with the state's problems. "I think it will be a very interesting experience for all of us."

Cruise is the second former gubernatorial chief of staff joining Raimondo's administration. Michael DiBiase, who served as a policy director and chief of staff for Republican governor Lincoln Almond, is Raimondo's pick to lead the state Department of Administration.

Cruise, 58, who expects to start in his new role next week, brings considerable legislative experience. A graduate of Cumberland High School, Providence College, and Suffolk University Law School, he was chief of staff for the state Senate president from 2003 to 2008. Cruise served as Sundlun's chief of staff from 1991-93, and previously was director of the Office of Inter-governmental Affairs for the Office of Commerce Secretary.

Meanwhile, Raimondo's team has announced the following staff additions:

Matthew Appenfeller, Director of Policy Development

Eric Beane, Deputy Chief of Staff

Matthew Bucci, Director of the Governor’s Office

Meredith Curren, Director of Appointments

Donna Dell’Aquila, Principal Project Manager/Executive Assistant

Ron DeSiderato Jr., Special Assistant to the Governor

Christine DiFillippo, Principal Project Manager/ Executive Assistant

Jennifer Fonduer, Office Manager

Joy Fox, Director of Communications

Kevin Gallagher, Deputy Chief of Staff

Matthew Golderese, Constituent Services Associate

Kelly Harris, Scheduler

Heather Hudson, Policy Advisor

Andrea Ianazzi, Special Counsel

Brad Inman, Director of Constituent Services

Olubunmi Lewis, Protocol Manager

Amy Moses, Deputy Counsel

Jason Natareno, Special Assistant to the Governor

Stephen Neuman, Chief of Staff

Katie O’Hanlon, Communications Associate

Ashley Gingerella O’Shea, Deputy Director of Communications

Talia Policelli, Deputy Legislative Director

Claire Richards, Executive Counsel

Abby Swienton, Policy Advisor

Emmanuel Traub, Constituent Services Associate

At the end of January, Marie Aberger will join the Governor's Office as Press Secretary.

Traffic Magistrate David Cruise Joins Raimondo as Legislative Director; Other Staff Picks Named
Traffic Magistrate David Cruise Joins Raimondo as Legislative Director; Other Staff Picks Named