The Elder Law Section of
the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) will honor 20-term New York State
Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried with the Elder Law and Special Needs
Section Award on January 15 during NYSBA’s Annual Meeting in New York City.
Gottfried has represented
parts of Chelsea, the West Side and midtown Manhattan since 1970 in the State
Assembly, where he is the longest serving member. He has chaired the Assembly
Health Committee since 1987, and has been the author of numerous pieces of
legislation seeking to provide legal services for the disabled and elderly.
Attorneys Frances M.
Pantaleo, Esq of White Plains and Edward V. Wilcenski, Esq of Clifton Park will
also be honored for their actions in furthering the rights of the elderly and
persons with disabilities at the sections.
Pantaleo (Bleakley Platt
& Schmidt, LLP) handles a broad range of matters emphasizing elder law,
special needs planning, and guardian proceedings, as well as drafting and
administration of special needs trusts. She is a former chair of the Elder Law
and Section Needs Section and the co-chair of the Committee on the Elderly and
Disables of the Trusts and Estates Section.
& Pleat PLLC) practices in the areas of special needs estate planning and
trust and estate administration, tradition estate planning and trust and estate
administration, and elder law. He is a member of the Elder Law Section and past
vice chair of the Medicaid Committee of the Elder Law Section as well as serving
on the Elder Law Committee on Issues Affecting Persons Under a Disability.
Honoring attorneys who
render extraordinary service to the public and the profession is part of
NYSBA’s Annual Meeting, which each January attracts thousands of lawyers from
around the state, the nation and the world. They come to meet and connect with
their colleagues, and to learn from the experts in many areas of the law.
NYSBA’s 142nd Annual
Meeting January 14-18 explores of current issues in the law with a presidential
summit on January 16 that looks at the #MeToo movement, wrongful prosecutions
and whistleblower laws. Speakers at other programs during the week includes former
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara; New York
State Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, who recently served as the state’s
first female Attorney General; Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles
Rettig; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; State Assembly Health
Committee Chair Richard Gottfried; and Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet
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Contact: Brendan Kennedy