In May 2021, Sandra Abeles became the Acting Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection. Prior to that, she served in various roles at the Agency, including overseeing the enforcement, administration, and technology divisions. Under her leadership, the Agency implemented a system that allows inspectors to use mobile devices in the field, a strategic enforcement model to focus on areas with the greatest impact for consumer protection, and enhanced data tracking to improve productivity and transparency. She also helped align the work of various divisions to achieve the Agency’s strategic goals of addressing student loan debt in New York City and curb the predatory practices of the secondhand auto industry.
Ms. Abeles was also responsible for leading the Worker Protection Division at the New York State Department of Labor which enforces labor standards and safety and health regulations across New York State. Ms. Abeles has served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney General combating immigration services fraud. While there, she also worked on the Healthcare Industry Taskforce helping to obtain nationwide reform of the consumer reimbursement system for out-of-network health care charges. Before entering public service, Ms. Abeles worked in commercial litigation. Ms. Abeles received her law degree from New York University and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She is a member of the New York State Bar.