From the President

To the Members of CAASNY:

I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to the membership of CAASNY for electing me as President at our Annual Meeting on May 22-23, 2017. The coming year promises to be a challenging one for us all, as we work through complex issues of mutual interest, such as Shared Services, Raise the Age, the Opioid Crisis, and the expansion of Indigent Defense obligations, among others.

One of my goals as President is to facilitate and expand our membership’s ability to network and communicate with one another to problem solve, and access information and resources that will assist us in performing our duties. With your assistance, I would like to upgrade the content and increase the use of our CAASNY website in the coming year.

For example, have you recently passed a local law in your county that you think would be of interest to other counties contemplating similar action, such as a local law raising the age for the purchase of tobacco products to 21 years old? Has you county recently received a favorable court decision that establishes a precedent that would be of interest to your fellow county attorneys? Did your county successfully obtain home rule legislation that would be of interest or assistance to other counties?

I am therefore actively soliciting your assistance in improving the content of the CAASNY website. If you have content that you would like to share, please email your submission to Amy Gunnells at

We will also be continuing the County Attorney Roundtable/Hot Topics session during the Brunch at our Winter Meeting on December 4, 2017 at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs. This is a great opportunity to discuss in a larger setting issues of mutual interest with your fellow county attorneys, as well as with NYSAC’s Executive Director, Steve Acquario, and Counsel, Patrick Cummings.

I recently appointed to CAASNY’s Bylaws Committee the following members: Chairman, Stephen Abdella, Chautauqua County; Vice-Chairman, Robert Meehan, Westchester County; Cheryl McCausland, Sullivan County; and Arthur James, III, Ontario County. I have asked the Committee to review CAASNY’s Bylaws and to propose any revisions that they deem appropriate. Any revisions proposed by the Committee will be submitted to our membership for adoption at our next Annual Meeting on May 21-22, 2018.

I would like to remind everyone to use CAASNY’s ProBoards Forum if you have a question on a legal or procedural issue that you would like to pose to CAASNY’s membership. If you don’t know how to submit inquiries or messages through the ProBoards Forum, you will need a username and password that you can obtain from Lisa Rivage at or (518) 472-5888. The ProBoards Forum can be accessed under the Members Area of the CAASNY homepage, and is available to CAASNY members only.

To access the Members Area of the CAASNY website, you will need also need a username and password that may be different from your ProBoards Forum password. That username and password can be obtained from Amy Gunnells at

I thank you again for the privilege of serving as CAASNY’s President. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have.


Stephen M. Dorsey
Saratoga County Attorney