Mary A. GriffinMary A. Griffin, President & CEO 
(518) 436-8417  |  mgriffin@licony.org


Mary A. (Ciaccio) Griffin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Life Insurance Council of New York (LICONY).  She oversees the organization's operations and works directly with the LICONY Board of Directors to develop and guide the strategic mission of the organization.  LICONY is the leading life insurance organization in New York, representing over 70 life insurer member companies and more than 20 allied professional firm members.  Its mission is to create and maintain a legislative and regulatory environment in the State of New York that encourages the members of LICONY to conduct and grow their life insurance businesses.

Ms. Griffin joined LICONY in April 2016, and spearheaded the reorganization of the association, consolidating operations in Albany, reducing association expenses and providing LICONY members with their first ever dues reduction.  Ms. Griffin takes an active role in leading LICONY’s advocacy efforts.  Prior to joining LICONY, Ms. Griffin served as a Senior Vice President with Citigroup's government affairs department where she had responsibility for developing and managing Citi's legislative and regulatory strategy in New York in areas such as tax policy, mortgage lending and retail banking.  Her insurance career includes working at the American Insurance Association (AIA) representing their interests before the state legislature, Department of Insurance and Workers Compensation Board.  Ms. Griffin also has extensive legislative and regulatory experience having served at the New York Department of Insurance (forerunner to the current Department of Financial Services) in the administration of Governor Mario Cuomo, and as a program associate with the New York State Assembly.

Ms. Griffin has been consistently recognized for her accomplishments.  During her tenure at the Insurance Department, she was named as an "Outstanding Woman in Government" for her significant contributions to NYS government and is a past recipient of an award from the Northeast Financial Services Association as their "Outstanding Government Affairs Representative" for her work on banking issues in New York. 

A native of Rochester, NY, Ms. Griffin attended Newton College of the Sacred Heart and graduated from Boston College with a B.A. with honors in American History.  Mary and her husband John reside in Menands, NY and have three adult children, Caroline, John and Andrew. 


Diane StutoDiane D. Stuto, Managing Director, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
(518) 436-8417 | dstuto@licony.org 

Diane Stuto is the Managing Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, of LICONY. She joined in the association in 1990 as an Assistant Vice President. She was appointed to Vice President in 1995, Senior Vice President in 1999, and to her current position in 2003.  Diane's focus is primarily on legislative issues of importance to the life insurance industry of New York.

She is the primary contact for LICONY to the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL). Diane is the LICONY PAC treasurer and is principally responsible for lobbying, New York election law and ethics compliance. She also has responsibility for certain regulatory issues, including life insurance and annuity replacements, annuity suitability, investment issues, including derivatives regulation, and holding company matters, including ERM and ORSA. 

Prior to joining LICONY, Diane worked for several years in the New York State Senate, her last position as Legislative Director to the ranking member of the Senate Insurance Committee. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 1983. Diane and her husband reside in Albany, New York with their triplet children.


Katherine HerlihyKatherine B. Herlihy, Director & Counsel   

(518) 436-8417 | kherlihy@licony.org

Katherine Herlihy is Director and Counsel to the Life Insurance Council of New York. She joined LICONY in September of 2016. Prior to joining LICONY, she was an attorney at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP in Albany, where she represented clients in legislative and regulatory matters before the State Legislature, Executive Chamber, and various state agencies including the Department of Health, State Education Department, Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Department of Financial Services. Kate is the primary contact at LICONY for several legislative and regulatory issues, including  those relating to E-Commerce, Policy Forms Filings, Long-Term Care, Supplemental Health Products, and Reinsurance matters. 

Ms. Herlihy graduated cum laude from Amherst College, and received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where she served as an Associate Editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Journal. Ms. Herlihy is admitted to practice law in New York and in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation and Board of Directors of the Alliance for Positive Health.

A native of Glens Falls, New York, Kate and her husband reside in Queensbury, New York with their two sons.


Andrew RushAndrew J. Rush, Director, Communications
(518) 436-8417
| arush@licony.org

Andrew Rush is the Director of Communications of the Life Insurance Council of New York, where he is responsible for all of LICONY’s communications strategy and execution. Andrew came to LICONY from the firm of Eric Mower + Associates where he worked for eight years as a Senior Counselor. In that role, Andrew provided strategic communications counsel and guidance to a wide variety of clients, including a Fortune 200 company.

From 2006 to 2008, Andrew was the Director of Media Services and Public Affairs for the New York State Bar Association. In that role Andrew was responsible for media relations strategy and execution for the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. From 2003 to 2006 Andrew was a Deputy Press Secretary to then Governor George E. Pataki, serving as the Governor’s traveling Press Secretary. He established communications strategies and briefed the Governor in advance of events, interacted with media across New York State and served as a spokesperson for the Governor to state, national and international media. From 2000 to 2003, he was the Press Secretary in the NYS Division of the Budget, serving as a primary spokesperson for the Budget Director and Governor on statewide budget issues. Andrew began his career as a staff member in the New York State Senate.

Andrew received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Albany, State University of New York. He resides in Clifton Park, New York with this wife and their two sons.


Linda NusbaumLinda M. Nusbaum, Director, Operations
(518) 436-8417 | lnusbaum@licony.org

Linda Nusbaum is Director, Operations of the Life Insurance Council of New York. She is responsible for supporting the President & CEO in planning efforts and managing the financial resources necessary for executing LICONY’s mission. She oversees the daily operations of LICONY and is responsible for accounting, bank relations and directing office workflow. Prior to joining LICONY, she worked for the New York State Assembly. 

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Empire State College. Linda and her husband reside in East Greenbush, New York with their two children.


Mary C. Sanford, Executive Assistant

(518) 436-8417 | msanford@licony.org

Mary Sanford is the Executive Assistant to Mary A. Griffin, President & CEO of LICONY. She started at LICONY as an Administrative Assistant in June 2002 and was promoted to Administrative Associate in January 2013. Prior to joining LICONY she was a teaching assistant to special education students at Colonie Central High School.

Mary lives in Slingerlands, New York with her husband, Harry. She has three sons and five grandchildren and together Mary and Harry share 12 grandchildren.


Patricia M. Tario, Administrative and Legislative Assistant

(518) 436-8417 | ptario@licony.org

Patty Tario is an Administrative and Legislative Assistant for LICONY. She joined the association in September of 2017 and provides administrative support and is responsible for legislative bill tracking and submitting New York State Lobbying and Board of Elections filings. Prior to joining LICONY, Patty worked for over 20 years in the New York State Assembly Speakers Office as an Executive Assistant.

She resides in Saratoga Springs, NY with her husband, Dennis and has two adult children.