(The Network Journal) — From the standpoint of minorities, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gubernatorial quest did not have an auspicious beginning. Nor was there much excitement from Blacks and Latinos when he announced his first round of appointments. But over the last several months, Cuomo has made a number of key appointments that should go a long way to assuage the disgruntled, including the creation of a transition committee to recruit and to recommend candidates for various positions. Among those selected for the transition committee were Elinor Tatum; Lloyd Williams, CEO and president of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce; City Council member Inez Dickens; Assemblymen Keith Wright and Hakeem Jeffries; Walter Edwards of the Harlem Business Alliance; former City Comptroller William Thompson; State Senator Bill Perkins; former U.S. Attorney Zachary Carter; Tarrus Richardson and Chloe Drew Council of Urban Professionals; James Francis of Paradigm Asset Management; and former State Comptroller H. Carl McCall, who co-chaired the committee with Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez.