Ruth Noemí Colón

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Ruth Noemí Colón
Secretary of State of New York
In office
September 1, 2010 – May 1, 2011
Preceded by Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez
Succeeded by Cesar A. Perales
Personal details
Born Caguas, Puerto Rico
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Gerson Borrero
Alma mater University of Puerto Rico, Pace University School of Law
Profession Attorney
Religion Baptist

Ruth Noemí Colón was the 66th Secretary of State of New York, serving in the Cabinets of Governors David Paterson and Andrew Cuomo. She was appointed by Governor Paterson to replace outgoing Secretary Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez who officially resigned on September 1, 2010.[1] She is the state's second Secretary of State of Hispanic/Puerto Rican ancestry to have served in this office. Colón is the third Puerto Rican to serve as Secretary of State in a state of the Union, preceded only by Pedro Cortés, of Pennsylvania and former Secretary Cortés-Vázquez, respectively.

A native of Caguas, Puerto Rico, Colón joined the New York State Department of State in 2006 and has served in a number of positions within the agency, most recently as Special Counsel, where she advised then-Secretary Cortés-Vázquez on strategic planning and a wide range of policy and legal issues.

A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico and Pace University School of Law, Secretary Colón has over 20 years experience working in government on policy and communications issues. Prior to joining the Department of State, Colón served as the Deputy Director for Communications at the New York City Housing Authority and acted as a liaison to the New York City Mayor’s Office on issues concerning the Latino community. She has also served in a number of senior positions within the Puerto Rican government and has been admitted to practice law in New York, Connecticut and the District of Columbia.

A resident of White Plains, Secretary Colón is a member of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rican Bar Association.[2] In 2008, she was named one of 50 Outstanding Latinas in New York by El Diario La Prensa, New York City's largest and oldest Spanish-language newspaper. A mother of two children, Colón is married to Gerson Borrero, a columnist, political commentator, and former editor-in-chief of El Diario La Prensa.

On March 31, 2011, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the nomination of Cesar A. Perales for the Secretary of State position. Effectively since May 2, 2011, Perales replaced Colón as the state's new Secretary of State and was confirmed by the New York State Senate on June 7.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez
Secretary of State of New York
2010 - 2011
Succeeded by
Cesar A. Perales