Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board

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About the Board

The Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board is an independent board made up of five full-time salaried members appointed by the Governor for terms of six years. Not more than three may belong to the same political party. One member is named by the Governor as chair. The Executive Director and the Chief Administrative Law Judge are also administrative officers of the Board.

What is the Board's work?

The Board has two primary functions:

  1. Its Administrative Law Judges conduct hearings and make decisions on initial determinations issued by the Department of Labor concerning unemployment insurance benefits or employer liability for unemployment insurance taxes; and
  2. the Board decides appeals that are taken from those decisions.

Public Access to Records

The Executive Director of the Appeal Board is the records access officer for all records. The mailing address is

Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board
P.O. Box 29002
Brooklyn, NY 11202-9002

Requests for access to records should be directed to Susan Borenstein, Executive Director, at that address.

U. I. Appeal Board Member Biographies

Geraldine A. Reilly, Chair

Geraldine A. Reilly is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Seton Hall University School of Law. She also earned a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Baruch College of the City University of New York. Her undergraduate degree is from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Ms. Reilly worked as a staff counsel in the New York State Assembly and as a staff member to the Labor, Education and Banking Committees. She has extensive experience in the field of labor relations and labor law in the public and private sectors and in the railroad industry. She has experience in arbitration and in drafting and negotiating legislation, including the unemployment, labor and workers’ compensation laws. She was appointed to the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board in February 2010.

Michael Twomey Greason

Michael Twomey Greason was appointed to the Board in 2002 and reappointed in 2003 and 2006. He served as Chairman from July 2006 through July 2007. A native of New York City, Mr. Greason brings 20 years of government and management experience to the Board. He began his public career in law enforcement and has more recently served the public and non-profit sectors as an Assistant Manager of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; as Director of Communications for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation of NYS; as Deputy Commissioner of Personnel for the City of Yonkers; and most recently, as the Deputy Commissioner of Human Rights for the State of New York. Mr. Greason is a graduate of the Richmond (VA) Sheriff's Academy and he received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Richmond.

June F. O'Neill

June F. O’Neill was appointed to the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board by Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 30, 2017. Prior to her Board appointment, Ms. O’Neill had a long and distinguished career in public service. Most recently, Ms. O’Neill was the Department of Labor Commissioner’s North Country Regional Representative. Prior to her service at the Department of Labor, Ms. O’Neill worked for many years in the NYS Office of the State Comptroller, where she held a variety of important positions, including Employer Outreach Manager, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Executive Coordinator for Training and Intergovernmental Affairs. Among the varied positions Ms. O’Neill has held in state and local government are Director of the NYS Office of Rural Affairs (the first of its kind in the nation and a cabinet-level office), and North Country Ombudsman in the NYS Department of State. She also held various positions in St. Lawrence County government, where she served Clerk of the Board, Auditor, Budget Officer, Administrator and Election Commissioner. Active in her community as well, Ms. O’Neill is a long-time member of the SUNY Potsdam College Council, where she serves as Chair and has chaired two presidential searches.

Randall T. Douglas

Randall (Randy) T. Douglas has served as a NYS Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board (UIAB) member since June 5, 2015. Previously, he served as the Town of Jay Supervisor in Essex County from January 1, 2004 until June 2, 2015, when Governor Cuomo appointed him to the Board. He was the first third-generation supervisor in the history of Essex County. His grandfather, Arthur J. Douglas, served from 1966 to 1972, and his father, Thomas A. Douglas, served from 1972 to 1980 and again from 1998 to 2000. Randy also served as Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors from January 4, 2010 until June 2, 2015. Traditionally, chairman selected by their peers serve two one-year terms. However, Douglas was elected unanimously to six consecutive one-year terms by a bipartisan board because of his outstanding work as a leader in Essex County. Douglas, a quick thinker and an established leader during natural disasters, assisted Governor Cuomo's state response to the 2014 Buffalo Blizzard by organizing mutual aid and sending many resources and manpower from the North Country to assist with recovery efforts. In 2012, he also helped a homeowner group from Staten Island navigate through state and federal guidelines for the property buyout program after the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. During his time as Chairman, Douglas was heavily involved in saving the NYS Moriah Shock Correctional Facility from closure in 2010 by convincing then-Governor Patterson of the economic downfall it would create in the North Country. As Chairman, Douglas also appointed the first Board of Ethics for Essex County in history. In 2010, he also served as a leader, along with Vermont and other New York public officials, in securing temporary and permanent crossing plans during the rebuilding of the historic Lake Champlain Bridge linking Crown Point, New York and Chimney Point, Vermont. Douglas is also credited, along with other Essex County leaders, with arranging meetings with NYS officials, including Governor Cuomo, to assist in leveraging funding for the desperately needed repairs to Whiteface Memorial Highway and many of the 1980 Olympics facilities. Douglas's greatest accomplishment may be that he led the Town of Jay and Essex County in recovery and rebuilding efforts from the effects of Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011 – the worst natural disaster in the area’s history. Douglas is also a past board member of the North Country United Way, a past executive board member of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, a past member of the resolutions committee for the NYS Association of Towns and Villages, and a past board member of the NYS Association of Counties. He was serving as president-elect and in line to take over the presidency of the NYS Association of Counties in the fall of 2015. However, Governor Cuomo, with whom Douglas worked closely throughout his years as Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, appointed him to the UIAB before his step up to the presidency went into effect. Douglas graduated from AuSable Valley Central High School, studied criminal justice at Clinton Community College, and received governmental certification from NYSAC/Cornell University's Dennis A. Pelletier Institute.

Marilyn P. O'Mara

Marilyn P. O'Mara was appointed to the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board by Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 28, 2017. Ms. O’Mara received her B.A. in International Studies and French from American University and her Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law. She worked as an Associate Attorney in the offices of Condon & Forsyth in New York City after completing law school. She went on to work in the New York State Attorney General's Office as the Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the Binghamton Regional Office. She then served as Court Attorney to the Honorable Judith F. O’Shea in Chemung County Family Court. In 2000, she founded her own law firm specializing in litigation. She also served as Election Commissioner on the Chemung County Board of Elections. She is fluent in Spanish and French.