SCHENECTADY COUNTY ATTORNEY CRISTINE CIOFFI ELECTED
PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION
Cristine Cioffi of Niskayuna has been elected president of The New York
Bar Foundation, which last year awarded $1.24 million in law-related
grants to 70 organizations statewide.
The Foundation is the charitable arm of the New York State Bar
Association. Founded in 1950, The Bar Foundation supports legal research
and education; provides funding for legal assistance, particularly to
the poor; and works to ensure high standards of professional ethics and
enhance the public’s understanding of legal heritage.
Cioffi said her main goals as president are to raise the
Foundation’s visibility among attorneys and the public, provide
grants in all 62 New York counties, strengthen youth courts and respond
to the changing need for Foundation services.
“In the last two years, there were many, many requests for
grants that were designed to either prevent bankruptcies, prevent
foreclosures or help people who were experiencing serious economic
problems gain access to legal services,” she said. “Ideally,
as the economy recovers, the need for those kinds of services will
decline, allowing us to direct grant money to other areas of
Cioffi is president and partner of Cioffi, Slezak & Wildgrube,
where she practices primarily in the fields of estate planning,
administration and elder law. She served for 10 years as a Schenectady
County legislator, including two years as minority leader, and is a past
president of the Schenectady County Bar Association.