Committee Roster


Bob Abrams

Partner Strook & Strook and Levan LLP, former member of the New York State Assembly, Borough President of the Bronx and Attorney General of the State of New York.

Richard (Dick) Beattie

Senior Chairman, Simpson Thatcher, Chairman and Founder New Visions for Public Schools, Director Carnegie Foundation

Prof. Gerald Benjamin

Distinguished Professor SUNY New Paltz, former Presiding Officer of the Faculty, Dean of the College and Director of the Center for State and Local Government Studies and SUNY’s Rockefeller Institute of Government.

Christopher Bopst

Chief Legal and Financial Officer of Sam-Son Logistics, Inc., Co-Author of The New York Constitution Second Edition (Oxford University Press 2012).

Michael Cardozo

Partner, Proskauer, former Corporation Counsel of the City of New York and President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Art Chang

CEO Tipping Point Partners, member New York City Campaign Finance Board.

Kathy Hirata Chin

Member New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption (appointed by Mayor Bloomberg), former member of the City Planning Commission (appointed by Mayor Giuliani), Board member Medicare Rights Center and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

Sean Coffey

Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel LLP, former co-managing partner Bernstein Litowitz Berger and Grossman, U.S. Navy Captain (retired), served as personal military advisor to Vice-President George H.W. Bush.

Matt Cowherd

Associate, Baker Hostetler LLP, Co-Founder, New Kings Democrats, Captain, Judge Advocate’s Corp, U.S. Army Reserve.

Jerry Crotty

President, Weichert Enterprise LLC, former Counsel and Secretary to Governor Mario M. Cuomo.

Evan Davis

Senior Counsel Cleary Gottlieb, former Counsel to Governor Mario Cuomo, President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and Vice Chair of Columbia University Board.

Richard Davis

Member New York City Campaign Finance Board, former Chair Citizens Union, Chair Mayor’s Commission on Police Misconduct

Henrik Dullea

Former Trustee and member of the Executive Committee, State University of New York, Chair of the Tompkins County Independent Redistricting Commission, former Director of State Operations and Policy Management, State of New York.

John Dunne

Senior Counsel, Whiteman Osterman Hanna, former New York State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader, United States Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the Civil Rights Division and President of the Nassau County Bar Association.

Kim Elliman

President and CEO Open Space Institute.

Lucy Fato

Executive Vice President and General Counsel American International Group, Inc., former Head of the Americas and Global General Counsel of Nardello & Company LLC,  General Counsel of McGraw Hill Financial, Deputy General Counsel of March & MacLennan Companies, Inc. and Partner Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Jeremy Feigelson

Partner Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP, former Chair Committee on Government Ethics,  New York City Bar Association, Board Chair, Partnership for the Homeless.

Scott Fein

Partner at Whiteman Osterman and Hanna LLP, Chair of the Albany Law School Government Law Center Board of Advisors,  Co-Editor of Making a Modern Constitution: Prospects for Constitutional Reform in New York, former Assistant Counsel to Governors Carey and M. Cuomo.

Prof. Dan Feldman

Professor of Public Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former member of the New York State Assembly and Chair of the Committee on Correnctions, Special Counsel to the NYS Comptroller for Law and Policy, Director of the Law and Policy Unit, Office of the NYS Attorney General.

Robert Fiske

Senior Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. 

Carl Folta

Former Executive Vice President for Corporate Communications, Viacom Inc., initiated  the Peabody and Emmy Award winning public education campaign, KNOW HIV/AIDS, Adjunct Professor, Communications Department, New York University School of Professional Studies.

Jonathan Freirich

Rabbi, Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo.

Rosalind Fink

Of Counsel, Brill and Meisel, former President New York County Lawyers Association, Director Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Columbia University.

Helen Freedman

Neutral mediator and arbitrator at JAMS, former Judge of the NYC Civil Court, Acting Supreme Court Justice, Supreme Court Justice, Judge of the Commercial Division in Supreme Court New York County, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division First Department.

Michael Fricklas

General Counsel, Viacom Inc,, (1998 - -2017), Secretary, Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Larry Friedman

Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, plaintiff’s counsel in Davis v. NYC and NYS Boards of Election, former Chair International Commercial Disputes Resolution Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Prof. Ester Fuchs

Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, former Special Advisor to Mayor Michael Blumberg for Governance and Strategic Planning, Chair 2005 New York City Charter Revision Commission.

Prof. Peter J. Galie

Emeritus Distinguished Professor and Political Science Department Chair, Canisius College, Co-Author The New York State Constitution, Second Edition (Oxford University Press 2012).

Prof. Jim Gardner

University of Buffalo Law School, SUNY Distinguished Professor, former Director, Jaeckle Center for Law, Democracy and Governance, author, Election Law in the American Political System.

Peter C. Goldmark, Jr.

Former New York State Budget Director, Executive Director of the New York Port Authority, Publisher of the International Herald Tribune, President of the Rockefeller Foundation and Chair of the Temporary State Commission on Constitutional Revision appointed by Mario Como.

Betsy Gotbaum

Former New York City Public Advocate, President New York Historical Society, Executive Director Citizens Union

Taa Grays

President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, former President Network of Bar Leaders, co-chair NYSBA Committee  Law.

Stephen Greenwald

Director of the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College, former President Metropolitan College of New York, CEO DeLaurentis Entertainment.

Horacio Gutierrez

General Counsel Spotify, Inc., former General Counsel Microsoft

Clay Hiles

Executive Director, Hudson River Foundation,  Chair, Alliance for Justice, Board Member, New York City Criminal Justice Agency, former Chair Correctional Association.

Carl Jaffee

Bedford Town Housing Agency, Treasurer of Friends of Evan Davis (campaign finance committee to urge yes vote on convention call and delegate candidacy), former Senior Development Counsel at Battery Park City.

William vanden Heuvel

Chairman Emeritus and founder of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, former Chair of the New York City Board of Corrections. Delegate to the 1967 Constitutional Convention.

Roberta (Robbie) Kaplan

Partner, Paul Weiss, Board Co-Chair Gay Men’s Health Crisis, former law clerk Chief Judge Judith Kaye, lead counsel United States v. Windsor..

Dan Karson

Former General Counsel, New York City Department of Investigations

Gene Keilin

Founder of Keilin Co. LLC and KPS Capital Partners, former Executive Director and then Chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation and Chairman of the Citizen’s Budget Commission

Kerry Kennedy

President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, author Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing the World and Being Catholic Now, former Chair of Amnesty International’s Leadership Council. 

Seymour Lachman

Co-Author, Failed State: Dysfunction and Corruption in an American Statehouse (SUNY Press 2017), Director Emeritus Hugh L. Carey Center for Government Reform at Wagner College, former five term member of the New York State Senate, Deputy Minority Whip.

Douglas Lankler

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Pfizer, Inc., former Assistant United States Attorney Southern District of New York.

Howard Levine

Senior Counsel, Whitman Osterman and Hanna, former Schenectady County District Attorney, Schenectady County Family Court Judge, Justice of the Supreme Court, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, Associate Justice of the New York Court of Appeals,

Arthur Levitt, Jr.

Former Chairman of the Securities and exchange Commission. Delegate to the 1967 Constitutional Convention.

Bertha Lewis

President, The Black Institute, founding Co-Chair of the Working Families Party.

Jonathan Lippman

Of Counsel Latham & Watkins, former Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.

Stan Lundine

Former Lieutenant Governor of New York, Member of Congress, Mayor of Jamestown, N.Y., Chair, Robert H. Jackson Center.

Cyrus Mehta

Managing Partner, Cyrus D. Mehta Associates, former Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s  Ethics and Pro Bono Committees and its Young Lawyers Division and Secretary of the New York City Bar Association.       

Cornelius (Neil) Murray

Partner and Shareholder O’Connell & Aronowitz, General Counsel New York State Health Facilities Association.

Charles John O’Byrne

Executive Vice President for Policy, The Related Companies, former Secretary to Governor David Paterson.

Betsy Plevan

Partner, Proskauer, former President New York City Bar Association, Chair ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary.

Howard Protter

Partner and former managing partner Jacobowitz and Gubits LLP, immediate past chair NYSBA Municipal Law Section, Orange County Bar Association, chair Municipal Law Committee.

Richard Ravitch

Chairman, Ravitch Rice &  Co LLC, former New York State Lieutenant Governor, Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Chairman New York State Urban Development Corporation.           

Carol Robles-Roman

Co-President and CEO of the ERA Coalition: formerPresident and CEO of Legal Momentum, The Women’s Legal Defense & Education Fund,  Trustee of CUNY and member of the Executive Committee, former Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to Mayor Bloomberg.

Patty Salkin

Provost of the Graduate and Professional Division of Touro College and Dean of the Jacob Fuchsberg Touro Law Center, former Director of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School.

Al Samuels

President and CEO, Rockland Business Association

Fritz Schwarz

Chief Counsel of the Brennan Center, former Corporation Counsel of the City of New York and chair of NRDC, the Vera Institute of Justice and the New York City Charter Revision Commission.

Ben Shuldiner

Professor and Distinguished Lecturer, Hunter College School of Education, founder and principal of the award winning High School for Public Service in Crown Heights.

Paul Speranza

General Counsel 1976-2016 and Vice Chairman 2006-2016 of Wegmans Food Markets Inc., a member of the Executive Committee and former Board Chair of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States and a current Vice Chairman of the Business Council of New York State. 

Jim Tripp

Senior Counsel and former General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund, board chair New Partners of Community Revitalization, Long Island Pine Barrens Clearinghouse, former Chair New York City Water Board.

Joe Wayland

General Counsel Chubb Insurance Group, former partner Simpson Thatcher and Bartlett LLP, Deputy Assistant United States Attorney, Antitrust Division USDOJ, Lead Trial Counsel in Campaign for Fiscal Equity litigation.

Charles Williams

Partner, Peckar & Abramson, P.C., former General Counsel of the New York School Construction Authority, counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and General Counsel to the New York Secretary of State.

Joanne Witty

Vice Chair, Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, Director, Environmental Defense Action Fund, Co-Chair Fresh Kills Park Alliance, former Board Member of the National League of Conservation Voters



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