From the President

Welcome CAASNY Members:

It is a privilege to welcome you to the CAASNY website and to highlight topics that we all will be contending with this year.

Many thanks to all of you who attended our Annual Membership Meeting and CLE programs and I appreciate the honor and opportunity to serve as President of CAASNY.  CAASNY provides a voice for County Attorneys and a forum for sharing information about common issues including the implementation of new legislation.

Speaking of new legislation, this year in particular will be challenging given the volume coming our way. While Raise the Age-phase 2- and Counsel at First Appearance continue to require many county resources, we all are analyzing the latest legislative developments and the impacts on counties. Whether it be bail reform and new discovery provisions on the criminal side, implementation of early voting and other changes to the elections law, or the many other new mandates, this year looks to be eventful.

So while we always benefit from collaboration and sharing of information, this year more than ever we should take advantage of the opportunity to share in the collective wisdom of our members.

To that end, please check out our revamped website, and many thanks to our board members who have worked so diligently on upgrading the content and facilitating easier communication among our members.  It has become much simpler to navigate.

I have so often obtained valuable insights from other County Attorneys across the state and the discussion board we hope provides an easy way to connect with colleagues.  Please reach out to Lisa Rivage at Albany Law School at lriva@albanylaw.edu or 518-472-5888 to receive a password to access the confidential forum for members only.

CAASNY is always seeking ways to improve communication among our members so that we can share insights, solutions and other information to improve our ability to provide the best counsel and advice to our clients. Please send us your suggestions – whether for CLE topics or improvements to the website – they are always welcome.

Sincerely,

Ellen Leary Coccoma
Otsego County Attorney