From the President

Welcome CAASNY Members:

It is my honor and privilege to welcome you to the CAASNY website and to share with you some thoughts for the coming year.

It seems as though for each of the past several years a new major unforeseen development has come to the fore requiring the devotion of substantial  time and attention of County Attorneys in addition to day to day hectic issues of local government.

Not that long ago we found ourselves tackling the issues affecting counties because of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.  Then came the imposition of the Two Per-Cent Tax Cap and its ramifications on county governments.  Not long after we found that the universe of Indigent Defense was to change  and for most of us our decades old method of providing legal representation to those who could not afford counsel would be permanently altered.  I think it safe to say that all of us are still in the dark when it comes to the practical application of Raise the Age but that has not stopped us from getting ready for the unknown.  Toss in the spectrum of the Opioids and Water Contamination mass torts actions and we come up with events that have taken substantial time away from the mundane issues surrounding tax foreclosures, highway improvements and over populated jails.

There is one constant regarding all of these major issues:  CAASNY has been and will continued to be involved in providing a forum for County Attorneys to address, understand and, hopefully, offer solutions in dealing with these vexing issues so that we can comfortably return to the world of tax foreclosures, highway improvements and over populated jails.  That said, let’s always remember that one of the joyous challenges in being a County Attorney is that you never know what’s going to greet you when you arrive in the office each morning.

Between now and the end of my term I hope that we will enjoy informative meetings this December and in May of next year with worthy CLE presenters, steps taken in the right direction to update and make more useful our web site and a vibrant platform for open discussions on the ideas and concerns that we all share as we provide counsel to our clients, the resident of the sixty two counties of the State of New York.

If you have any thoughts or ideas for a better CAASNY please let me hear from you.

Sincerely,

Jim Fedorchak
Dutchess County Attorney