Meet Empire State Asset Management

Our Commitment to You

Empire State Asset Management (ESAM) is a Financial Advisory firm focused on providing individuals, families and businesses with investment management and retirement planning services.

We understand how confusing and overwhelming managing personal and business finances can be and we work with clients guide and support them through their financial lives.

ESAM applies a focused approach to financial planning, which includes: identifying goals, evaluating needs, determining risk tolerance, and addressing tax considerations.

Whether the investments are for one, or one hundred, we focus on the long term goals while continually looking for near-term opportunity.

Joe Polsinelli


As a client, you will receive the hands-on attention of Joe Polsinelli, founder and wealth manager of Empire State Asset Management. With 29 years of experience in the securities and financial services industry, Joe is a knowledgeable and objective advisor who sits on the client’s side of the table.

Joe is a family man and understands first-hand the struggles clients face and will always work in your best interest. With a faith-based core and a belief in building for the future, Joe keeps these guiding principles in the forefront when creating his client’s financial plans.

Joe cares about his clients as people, not as “accounts,” and focuses on building lasting client relationships that go beyond investment advice. Many of his clients have also become friends. His “hands on” approach is evident in the way he does business – answering his own phone and taking the time to promptly answer any questions or client concerns.

Joe has two children, Samuele and Marygrace. Committed to doing good while doing well, Joe is active in giving back to his community. In his spare time, Joe can be found sea kayaking, camping, hiking or enjoying fine dining with family, friends and clients.

Dana Murphy


Dana has been working with Empire State Asset Management since Spring 2019. She graduated with honors from Hudson Valley Community College in 2019 with an associates in Liberal Arts, focused on Psychology. Prior to this, she spent several years working for a non-profit agency that serves thousands of New Yorkers with disabilities by providing assistance with managing trust funds. In the past, she gained valuable experience working in the Life Insurance Industry as well as the Real Estate industry.

Helping others thrive is her mission and she works hard to convey that message every day. Dana believes time is precious and enjoys working closely with others to simplify complicated processes to empower clients to feel in control and confident. Dana is committed to providing top-notch customer service for the clients of Empire State Asset Management utilizing her previous professional experience and her passion for learning.

As a working mother of three, Sean, Tyler and Dylan, she takes work/life balance very literally. Dana is passionate about her children and family and enjoys hobbies that include traveling, running, hiking, cooking and photography.

Paul Thomas

Paul* has been in the Financial Services Industry since 1996, serving a wide variety of individuals, families and small business owners wealth management needs. He takes a personal interest in each client and strives to help them through the puzzling financial jungle, assisting each one to make informed financial decisions based on their risk tolerance and time horizon.

He worked in the banking industry as a financial consultant for eight years and was appointed a VP of Investments, having achieved several notable goals, by helping his clients work towards their financial goals. In 2008, Paul chose to become an independent advisor to better serve his clients best interests by providing a variety of non-proprietary solutions.

Paul is married with two grown children. He enjoys playing golf, squash, pickleball and cooking.

* Paul Thomas is not affiliated with Cetera Financial Specialists LLC