Denis M. Hughes, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, joined the New York State AFL-CIO staff as political director and assistant to the president in 1985.
In February 1990, he was appointed to the position of executive assistant to the president. In this capacity, Mr. Hughes was responsible for the coordination of the Committee on Political Education and legislative programs, as well as the overall policy and development of the staff departments within the state federation.
Mr. Hughes was elected president of the New York State AFL-CIO 1999. Following the September 11th tragedy, Mr. Hughes coordinated labor's successful efforts to secure $20 billion in federal funding to help rebuild New York City and New York State.
Denis Hughes is a graduate of the Empire State College, Harry Van Arsdale School of Labor Studies.