The last month has been a difficult time for Staten Island and other areas affected by Super Storm Sandy. 1 hope this correspondence finds the members of the RCBA and their families healthy and safe.
The RCBA acted immediately to assist members and the local community. The RCBA established a service for members whose offices had been displaced or whose business had been disrupted. Through the New York State Bar Association, the RCBA offered members the opportunity to provide pro bono services. The RCBA assisted in representing and advising families and business owners in need by working with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York at a forum held at the Staten Island Hilton. NYSBA President Seymour James has hosted numerous telephone conferences with the Bar Association Presidents from all five boroughs and Long Island. I can report that Staten Island has been a focus of these conferences. The RCBA and the Staten Island Trial Lawyers’ are working on hosting a free CLE to provide the necessary education for post disaster relief representation
In addition to the work regarding Super Storm Sandy, the Association will continue to provide monthly CLE programs. In January, Judge McMahon and Judge Rienzi with the RCBA, the Staten Island Trial Lawyers, and the Staten Island Women’s Bar Association will host representatives from all of Staten Island’s High Schools to advise them of the long term personal and legal affects of drunken driving and bullying.
The RCBA also held the Holiday Party to gather for holiday cheer and to thank all court personnel. The party was well attended with over 200 attendees. I would like to thank Carol Wojtowicz, Matthew Santomauro and John P. Connors, Jr. for Chairing the Holiday Party Committee.
In closing, The Honorable Anthony I. Giacobbe will be retiring (mandatorily) as of December 31, 2012. Judge Giacobbe has been a member of the RCBA for over 50 years. We wish Judge Giacobbe many future successes and much happiness.
Thomas Sipp, Esq., President