East Meadow native Nora Cronin is one of 21 people chosen last week by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as Empire State Fellows for the class of 2013-15.

The Fellows, all professionals, were selected through a competitive process that considered the skills they bring to government, their leadership potential and commitment to public service.

Cronin, 31, joins the program after a career as a senior assistant district attorney in Brooklyn. She has also worked with the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative in Panama, instructing attorneys and police on investigative and trial techniques.

Before beginning her career as an attorney, she was a staff writer for the Long Island Press, where she covered politics and the environment.

"I enjoyed my time there and learned a lot from that job," she said.

Cronin, a graduate of St. Anthony's High School in Huntington, said her mother still lives in East Meadow, and her brother and his wife just bought a house in Seaford.

She received her bachelor's in international affairs and philosophy cum laude from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va., and her law degree from St. John's University School of Law.

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During her fellowship, she will be working with Assistant Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Mary Kavaney and related state agencies.

Fellows receive an annual salary commensurate with experience, not to exceed $72,765.Each Fellow has his or her skills matched with the needs of state government. They work closely with senior administration officials and participate in the policy-making process. They also engage in educational and professional development programs, including completing an interactive curriculum developed specifically for the Fellows program by the Rockefeller Institute at University at Albany.