Bureaus of the County Attorney’s Office
The senior staff of the County Attorney’s Office is comprised of:
|Jared A. Kasschau||County Attorney|
||Chief Deputy County Attorney|
||Bureau Chief, Litigation and Appeals
||Section Chief, General Litigation/Torts
||Section Chief, Labor
|Robert Van Der Waag
||Section Chief, Appeals
||Bureau Chief, Family Court
||Deputy Bureau Chief, Juvenile Delinquency
|Mary J. Nori||Director, Internship & Externship Programs and CLE|
||Bureau Chief, Legal Counsel
|Kevin Hardiman||Deputy Bureau Chief, Legal Counsel
||Bureau Chief, Property Assessment Litigation Bureau
|Nancy DeBiasi||Deputy Bureau Chief, Property Assessment Litigation Bureau
||Bureau Chief, Municipal Finance
||Bureau Chief, Municipal Transactions
||Deputy Bureau Chief, Condemnation
||Deputy Bureau Chief, Contracts
||Bureau Chief, Department of Social Services
||Chief Deputy Director of Real Estate|
This group serves as the chief policy making body of the County Attorney’s Office and coordinates and supervises the activities of the several bureaus.
Family Court Bureau
The Family Court Bureau is comprised of three units. Deputy County Attorneys (DCAs) conduct ongoing investigations, negotiate settlements, conduct pre-trial litigation, bench trials, post-dispositional litigation, and provide consultation services to Police, Probation and the Department of Social Services.
Juvenile Delinquency and PINS (Persons in Need of Supervision) Unit
DCAs investigate and prosecute children between the ages of 8 and 15 who are arrested for commission of criminal acts and represent Probation in post-dispositional proceedings; present PINS petitions; represent DSS in post-dispositional PINS cases.
Child Support Unit
DCAs represent out-of-state agencies on behalf of custodial parents seeking to enforce or modify child support orders; represent DSS to establish paternity and seek child support orders from non-custodial parents in public assistance cases.
Child Abuse and Neglect Unit
DCAs represent DSS on behalf of children who are alleged to have been neglected or abused by their parents or by other persons legally responsible for their care.
Members of the Bureau draft and comment on state and local legislation and counsel agencies on the implementation of state and local laws. The Bureau also drafts formal and informal opinions regarding the County Charter, the County Administrative Code, the Freedom of Information Law, privacy issues, First Amendment issues, and such other areas of state and federal law as requested and directed.
The Litigation Bureau, comprised of the former torts, general litigation, and labor bureaus, handles federal litigation including civil rights and employment discrimination cases, state court commercial and environmental matters, as well as personal injury cases from routine slip-and-fall matters, to complex road design cases. Relying upon traditional municipal defenses, the Litigation Bureau has an active motion practice, as well as an excellent track record at trial. The bureau pursues the county’s rights to defense and indemnification, where applicable, and responds to Article 78 petitions as well.
The Litigation Bureau actively practices in all courts, aggressively defending the county against claims of municipal liability, through complicated motion practice, depositions, and all phases of discovery and at trial. The Litigation Bureau also defends the county against employment and labor law claims, as well as discrimination claims before federal, state, and local human rights tribunals. The bureau works closely with the Office of Labor Relations in defending the county against employment grievances and union arbitrations. Examples of complex municipal issues addressed by this Bureau include:
• The interpretation of the county’s Military Leave Policy
• Family Medical Leave Act
• Fair Labor Standards Act
• Employee safety and protection
Bureau motion practice is multi-faceted, including protective orders, privilege, and particular municipal issues such as Monell findings. Experienced trial counsel represents the county in court at pre-trial conferences and at trial, from jury selection through verdict. Newly admitted attorneys are actively engaged in motion practice and discovery.
This bureau also handles affirmative actions brought in the name of the County of Nassau including proceedings to enforce county laws, recover monies from individuals, companies, and other government entities, and to effectuate policy and redress civil rights and other violations.
Claims Management is staffed with paraprofessionals who focus on the early settlement of claims and risk management.
Vehicle Forfeiture brings forfeiture actions on behalf of the county with respect to vehicles operated by individuals charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated / impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.
This Bureau provides appellate, legislative, and counseling services to the other County Attorney bureaus, as well as other agencies of Nassau County government. Members of the Bureau appear and present oral arguments in appeals concerning issues of constitutional, administrative, employment, tax, tort, and social service law before the Appellate Division, Second Department, the New York State Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and other appellate courts.
Municipal Finance Bureau
The Municipal Finance Bureau handles all budget and finance matters for the County including the issuance of debt by the County or related entities such as the Nassau County Sewer and Storm Water Finance Authority.
Municipal Transactions Bureau
The Municipal Transactions Bureau represents the county on a broad range of contractual matters including real estate, procurement of goods and services, concessions, and inter-municipal agreements. The bureau is instrumental in key county initiatives.
The Bureau represented the county in significant transactions such as:
• Various public-private partnerships to leverage private financing to improve park assets.
• The acquisition and sale of the former Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant in Bethpage
• The sale of the Mitchel Field leases rental stream
The Bureau drafted diverse inter-municipal and other agreements, including agreements for various environmental bond act projects, road transfers, and sewer consolidations.
The Bureau also handles all condemnation proceedings and acquisitions of property on behalf of the County of Nassau.
Property Assessment Litigation Bureau
The Property Assessment Litigation Bureau handles real property tax review cases, known as Article 7 proceedings, for commercial and residential properties representing the county in Supreme Court on a regular basis. In addition to Article 7 proceedings, the bureau also defends and litigates issues regarding tax exemption issues, restoration of taxes, and corrections of errors.