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Assemblymember Charles D. Lavine

Co-Chair

Charles Lavine graduated from Marinette High School in 1965 and from the University of Wisconsin in 1969 with a B.A. in English Literature. At Wisconsin, he was director of the Robert Theobald lectures presented by the University’s Symposium...

Andrew Lanza

Senator Andrew J. Lanza

Co-Chair

Senator Andrew J. Lanza was elected to represent Staten Island’s 24th New York State Senate District on November 7, 2006. As a former New York City Council member, prosecutor, accountant and business owner, Senator Lanza brings extensive public and...

Members

Senator Neil David Breslin

Senator Neil David Breslin

Member

Neil David Breslin, Democrat, is currently serving his ninth term as New York State Senator. He represents the 44th District, which consists of parts of Albany County and parts of Rensselaer County. Born as one of six children on June 9, 1942, Neil...

Assembly Member Michael Montesano

Assemblymember Michael Montesano

Member

  Michael Montesano has served in the New York State Assembly since 2010. He is currently the Ranking Minority Member on the Assembly Judiciary and Oversight Committees, as well as a Member of the Codes, Corporations, Ethics and Housing Committees....

Peter Coffey, Esq.

Member

Peter V. Coffey practices law in Schenectady, New York and is a partner in the firm of Englert, Coffey, McHugh & Fantauzzi.  Upon graduation from Albany Law School, where he was a member of law review, Mr. Coffey served as confidential law clerk...

Ellen Holtzman Esq.

Member

Ellen Holtzman has established an impressive record of results in complex cases throughout New York State in Family Courts, Supreme Courts, and the Appellate Division. A graduate of New York Law School, she now runs her practice, The Law Office of...

John J. Nigro

Member

John J. Nigro is the President of Nigro Companies, Inc. a commercial real estate development and management company located in Albany, NY.  Mr. Nigro is the Vice Chair for the Board of Trustees for Siena College and is an honorary member of the...

John M. Brickman

Member

John M. Brickman, head of the litigation group at Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman & Limmer, LLP, of Great Neck, New York, practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation and trusts and estates disputes.  He has tried more than 100...