A slender, well-pressed graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School, Lawsky was chief of staff for Cuomo, who then hand-picked him to lead the new Department of Financial Services, an agency established last year in the governor's push to combined the state's banking and insurance oversight.
Since then, Lawsky has taken on other high-profile and deep-pocketed industries, including banks and insurers. When he got the state's largest health insurance company to publicly disclose more data used to justify premium increases last October, he said he was amazed at the existing lack of transparency.
"We got here and said, 'This is crazy,'" Lawsky told The Associated Press then.
Tusk, Lawsky's former Senate colleague, said he doesn't expect the regulator to simply dwell on the aftermath of the Standard Chartered settlement.
"I don't think now he's going to curl up and go to sleep," Tusk said. "He's going to do his job."