Tourism Advisory Council

The New York State Tourism Advisory Council (TAC) was established by New York State Economic Development Law Article 5-B. The purposes of the council are to advise the commissioner concerning tourism and to serve as liaison between the state's tourism-related industries and the commissioner with respect to the design and implementation of the state's tourism policies and programs. The council’s powers to advise, assist and recommend are detailed in the legislation.

Board and Membership

The New York State Tourism Advisory Council comprises a total of eighteen members; ten appointed by the Governor, three on the recommendation of the temporary president of the Senate; one on the recommendation of the Minority Leader of the Senate; three on the recommendation of the Speaker of the Assembly; and one on the recommendation of the Minority Leader of the Assembly. The members of the council receive no compensation for their services but are allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as council members.

Members (as of 11/1/23):

  • Cristyne Nicholas – TAC Chair (Governor appointee)
  • Thurman Thomas – TAC Vice Chair (Governor appointee)
  • Kelly Blazosky (Governor appointee)
  • Natasha Caputo (Governor appointee)
  • Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel (Assembly Speaker appointee)
  • David Filipiak (Assembly Speaker appointee)
  • Dan Fuller (Governor appointee)
  • Valerie Knoblauch (Assembly Minority Leader appointee)
  • Katherine Nicholls (Governor appointee)


  • George Ntim (Governor appointee)
  • Alana Petrocelli (Senate Temporary President appointee)
  • Alexandra Stanton (Governor appointee)
  • Elinor Tatum (Governor appointee)
  • Senator Jose M. Serrano, Chair of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, Ex-officio member (non-voting)
  • Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell, Chair of the Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development, Ex-officio member (non-voting)

Tourism Advisory Council Meetings

View information about TAC meetings, including agendas and meeting materials.

For inquires or further information, please contact:

Empire State Development
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12245
United States