On July 30, I was pleased to announce my appointment of Maria E. Zielinski, formerly of Maui, as deputy director of the state Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS).
Ms. Zielinski has an impressive 30 years of financial management experience in nonprofit, local government, banking, financial services, commercial property acquisition and development, labor union, agriculture and consumer food commodity production industries. Most recently, she served as the accounting system administrator for the County of Maui.
As state Budget and Finance Director Kalbert Young said: "Maria has a significant background as a finance executive and will be integral in our efforts to build up finance operations. It will be good to have her on our team."
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Director Young would know; he worked with Ms. Zielinski when he served as the finance director for Maui County, as did state Department of Taxation Director Frederick Pablo, a former Maui County budget director.
They will once again be working together, since part of her new role is to oversee the State of Hawai'i Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
When Ms. Zielinski officially starts on Sept. 4, I am confident she will prove an invaluable asset in the continued transform of the way state government runs its financial business. In fact, these three individuals with Maui ties are excellent examples of how the people of the Valley Isle are contributing toward a New Day in Hawai'i. Together, we are ensuring a better day for all of us by creating a sustainable economy, investing in people, and transforming state government.
More CIPs released for Maui
As part of an ongoing economic strategy that has already put our state back on track toward economic recovery, my administration last month released an additional million dollars for capital improvement projects (CIP) in Maui. These CIP funds are on top of the $18.3 million released in July for Maui transportation infrastructure.
Each of these priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, were selected for release because of their potential to immediately stimulate the economy and generate jobs for residents.
These most recent funds include $750,000 for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands' Villages of Leiali'i housing project. The monies will be used to complete the design of a permanent production well and pump station to serve as a potable water source for the project.
Also approved were $347,561 for construction at Maui Memorial Medical Center that will go toward the installation of a fire protection system and electrical, plumbing and mechanical infrastructure for the interior building space beneath the medical center's helipad.
In addition, I approved a $900,000 grand-in-aid for the Hana Health Medical Center. This grant will fund planning and construction for its expansion.
Each of these projects represents an investment in our future economic stability.
To learn more about this and other New Day initiatives, I invite you to visit hawaii.gov/gov.