Confirming what we already knew (thanks to a gun-jumping email from the Citizens Budget Commission) Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s chief of staff Ben Lawsky is being nominated to become the first superintendent of the new Department of Financial Services.

The agency combines the departments of banking and insurance, which is part of Cuomo’s overall plan to re-size state government.

Lawsky’s appointment is not that much of a shock. It was “broken” thanks to an errant email sent by the Citizens Budget Commission and obtained by The New York Times. Before joining the Cuomo administration, Lawsky worked in the Cuomo attorney general office.

The newly formed department was originally supposed to include the state Consumer Protection Board and be called the Department of Financial Regulation, but it was scaled back after insurance and baking industry officials raised concerns.

In addition, Cuomo also announced former Bronx Borough President Freddy Ferrer would be nominated to the MTA board. James J. Wrynn is being nominated to become deputy superintendent at the Department of Financial Services. Cuomo also made nominations for the Council on the Arts and for members of the Public Health and Health Planning Council (a full list is after the jump).

And John Milgrim, a press aide for Cuomo in both the AG’s office and the governor’s office is being moved over to become spokesman for Inspector General Ellen Biben, replacing Kate Gurnett.

The nominations of members to the Public Health and Health Planning Council:

Arthur Aaron Levin: a member of several patient advocacy groups and current Director of the Center for Medical Consumers

· Ellen E. Grant: Director of the Cornerstone Manor of the Buffalo City Mission, a women’s and children’s shelter, and Managing Partner of First Advantage Consulting

· Angel Alfonso Gutierrez: Doctor under contract by the Office of Professional Medical Conduct at the New York State Department of Health office in Buffalo

· John M Palmer: Executive Director of the Harlem Hospital Center and Renaissance Health Care Network

· Victoria Hines: President & CEO of the Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester & Monroe County

· Chris Booth: President & COO of Lifetime Healthcare Companies/Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield in Rochester

· Jeffrey Kraut: Senior Vice President, Strategy at North Shore-LIJ Health System

· John Rugge: Founder, CEO, and physician at Hudson Headwaters Health Network in Queensbury
· Howard Berliner: Former Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health
· Ann Marie Theresa Sullivan: Senior Vice President of the Queens Health Network
· Glenn Martin: Director of Medical Informatics at Queens Health Network and Associate Director of the Program for the Protection of Human Subjects at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
· Anderson Torres Ph.D: Director of Health Initiatives at Bon Secours New York Health System Schervier Nursing Care Center, and an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, Westchester Campus.