New York, NY — Leading education reform organization StudentsFirstNY today announced the hiring of Michael Nitzky as Communications Director, effective May 1. The hiring of the seasoned political and media operative builds on the momentum generated by the group's successful push for landmark reforms at the state level.
"With more than a decade's worth of experience shaping coverage for one of the state's leading sources of news, Michael knows the ins and outs of New York politics and media," said Jenny Sedlis, SFNY Executive Director. "Michael will play a critical role in enhancing our organization's ability to forcefully advocate for New York students."
Nitzky was most recently Director of Communications for New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. In that role, he served as Comptroller Stringer's chief communications strategist and managed day-to-day operations of the press office. From 2002 through 2014, Nitzky was a news producer and senior political producer for NY1, helping to transform "Inside City Hall" from a local public affairs show into New York City's premier political television program. As Assistant Manager of the Political Unit, he wrote and developed stories and news segments for "Inside City Hall" and coordinated segments for the show, including the 2008 and 2012 Democratic and Republic National Conventions. Nitzky covered six national party conventions and three mayoral elections for NY1. Prior to moving to New York City, he was a news producer and assistant news director for WWTV, a CBS affiliates in Michigan. He graduated with degrees in journalism and political science from Syracuse University.