The Wall Street Journal reports that Jim Malatras has been hired by the Cuomo Administration to replace the recently departed Howard Glaser as director of state operations.

Mr. Malatras previously worked for the administration as the deputy secretary for policy management before leaving last summer to take a top administrative position with the State University of New York (SUNY).

He is expected to play a leading role in the process of legalizing and siting non-Native American casinos in New York.