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Ali Chaudhry ’10 received his second award in as many months
on May 2, 2018, when he was recognized as one of “the country's top visionary
leaders who advocate for women and promote diversity within the construction
industry” at the Women Builders Council’s 14th Annual Champion Awards Dinner in
New York City.
On LinkedIn, Chaudhry, who serves as Deputy Secretary for
Transportation for New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo ’82, said he
was “honored to be recognized” with the Diversity Champion Award “by a group of
some of the most talented, dedicated, and successful women nationwide.”
“These are our brilliant WBE partners who are delivering
landmark construction projects in New York today,” he wrote.
Chaudhry also was honored April 7 at the American Council of
Engineering Companies of New York’s 51st Annual Engineering Excellence Awards
Gala in Manhattan. He received the organization’s Award of Merit for
demonstrating a commitment to improving New York State’s infrastructure through
policies and programs.
Chaudhry was appointed Deputy Secretary for Transportation
by Gov. Cuomo in April 2017. He previously served as Deputy Secretary for
Economic Development and Assistant Counsel to the governor, with a focus on
transportation and economic development. He provided counsel on priority
capital projects including the LaGuardia Airport redevelopment, the Governor
Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the Second Avenue Subway, the MTA Capital Plan, the DOT
Capital Plan, the Empire Station Complex, the Broadband Initiative, and the
expansion of the Javits Convention Center.
Chaudhry has also served as counsel on various economic
development projects across the state, as well as alternative project delivery
procurements. Prior to joining the executive chamber, Chaudhry served as
Assistant Counsel in the New York State Senate, where he was counsel to several
legislative committees over the course of three years. Before joining public
service, Chaudhry practiced civil litigation in the private sector, focusing on
At Albany Law School, Chaudhry was Student Bar Association
president, Muslim Law Students Association vice president, executive editor
of the New York State Bar Association's Government, Law and Policy Journal, and was involved with
several other organizations, including the Albany Government Law Review,
International Law Society, moot court program, and the Albany Chapter of
He was named one of Albany’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” by
City & State in 2017.