I served as Town Prosecutor from 2010-2015 before being elected to the New Castle Town Board in 2015. During my tenure as a councilman, some of my proudest accomplishments include New Castle’s designation as a Clean Energy Community and securing a $100,000 grant, relaunching the dormant surplus equipment and vehicle auction process netting the town $128,000, introducing legislation to limit vape shops and the selling of tobacco products, and finalizing the long overdue Master Plan with my colleagues.
I currently manage a law practice dedicated to criminal defense, Title IX proceedings, Family Court matters, and victim advocacy. I began my legal career as a Manhattan prosecutor under Robert Morgenthau in 2000. After years in the Trial Division and being cross designated with the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor to investigate drug trafficking, Mr. Morgenthau appointed me to NYC’s first ever Identity Theft Unit. There, I spearheaded large-scale, multi jurisdictional, and international identity fraud investigations with the NYPD, Secret Service and FBI while drafting countless search warrants and overseeing numerous confidential informants. As an Assistant District Attorney, I served as lead prosecutor in many notable cases including breaking a ring of foreign nationals creating fraudulent passports to sit for hundreds of GRE, GMAT and TOEFL exams, the extortion of then NBA All Star Carmelo Anthony, securing an Attempted Murder conviction of a husband who repeatedly stabbed his spouse in a vicious attack, and successfully prosecuting both New York Times chronicled “Nanny Nightmare” and the“Tiger Man of Harlem.”
Since moving to New Castle in 2006, I have been a member of Chappaqua’s Temple Beth El, and volunteered in many capacities including as a baseball and soccer coach for my three children. I currently sit on the board of the Manhattan District Attorney Association, the office’s non-profit alumni group, and recently raised over $11,500 to step into the boxing ring for the benefit of the Gary Sinise Foundation and other organizations supporting military veterans.
There are few greater privileges than serving the community you call ‘home’. Whether giving back through volunteering or serving as an elected official, the steps we take today will have lasting impacts on New Castle, our children and beyond. I am grateful for my neighbors’ confidence over the past four years and I look forward to the honor and opportunity to continue listening to and working with them again. As my father taught me, a Republican NYS Senator who bucked his party as the deciding vote to legalize marriage equality, public service, above all, is bigger than any one person. Simply, it is about trying to do the right thing and advance the public good.
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