Axel Bernabe

New York State Governor Cuomo for Health
Assistant Counsel

Awel is an assistant counsel for Health to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Axel oversees all legal and policy development in the health portfolio, and provides strategic counsel to the operations, press, and budget teams in the Executive Chamber and at the State Department of Health. Axel also manages the development and implementation of all medical, hemp, and adult-use cannabis policy in the State. Over the past four years he has directed and supervised the expansion of the medical cannabis program and the launch of the State’s hemp program. He is also driving the administration’s proposed Cannabis Act that would comprehensively regulate all segments of the cannabis economy through a newly created Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). Prior to joining the Cuomo administration, Axel was a partner at Constantine Cannon where he was a nationally recognized antitrust legal expert focused on healthcare markets.


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Axel Bernabe, Daniel Vitelli A US State Court rejects a proposed consent judgment for under-addressing the competitive harm (Commonwealth of Massachusetts / Partners Healthcare System)


Massachusetts Court Unsettles Partners’ Hospital Merger By Nixing Consent Judgment* A Massachusetts state court on Thursday derailed the settlement of a challenge to the proposed merger of Partners Health System with rivals South Shore Health and Educational Corp. (South Shore Hospital) and (...)

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