Counsel to the Governor

Axel Berbane

Axel Bernabe currently serves as Counsel to the Governor of New York for health-related matters — a position to which he was appointed in 2015. As Counsel for Health, Axel oversees, among other things, the current expansion of the State’s Medical Marijuana program, the rollout of the State’s hemp CBD program, as well as the potential impact of a regulated adult use program in New York State. Prior to joining Governor Cuomo’s team, Axel was a partner at the law firm of Constantine Cannon where he was a well-recognized expert in representing clients in the HealthCare industry, particularly in the area of antitrust law. In that capacity, he developed substantial experience in analyzing highly regulated healthcare markets and provided strategic counseling and business advice to companies and associations on how to navigate complex regulatory frameworks.