Jeffrey Pearlman

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Jeffrey Pearlman, at the New York State Capitol, in the Assembly Parlor.

Jeffrey Hayes Pearlman (born 1966) is an American attorney and politician, currently Chief of Staff to the NYS Senate Democratic Conference. He was formerly Of Counsel to the law firm Greenberg Traurig,[1] where his field of practice included Government Affairs and litigation, specializing in Freedom of Information Law, Election Law and other client related matters. Pearlman also was an Assistant Counsel to Governor David Paterson of New York. He resides in Albany, New York.

Education and early career[edit]

A 1989 graduate of SUNY New Paltz, Pearlman also graduated from Albany Law School in 2000.[2][3][4] He served as a staff person in the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate from 1987 through 2006.[2][3][4] During this time, he worked for member of the assembly Ivan Lafayette, and state senators Martin Connor, David Paterson, Jeremy Weinstein, Liz Krueger, Donald Halperin, and Manfred Ohrenstein.[2][3][4] Pearlman also served as a judicial intern to New York Supreme Court Justice Louis Benza.[2][3][4]

Pearlman was Visiting Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at Albany Law School until his appointment as Assistant Counsel to Governor Paterson in May 2008.[4][5][6] He was interviewed by The Business Review for his work with the clinic.[7][8]

He served as a vice president of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council.[4] In 2004 and 2006 he represented State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins in her bid to unseat State Senator Nicholas Spano. He prepared and organized a ballot protection effort that uncovered attempts by the opposition to suppress the vote on Election Day. In 2006, 2009 and 2010, he successfully represented the Democratic Party in its election law challenges to designating petitions.[9] He has also served as a member of the Albany County, New York Democratic Committee.[citation needed]

Assistant Counsel to Paterson[edit]

On December 31, 2006, then Lieutenant Governor-elect David Paterson appointed as his counsel.[2][3] In March 2008, after Paterson became governor, Pearlman was appointed Assistant Counsel to the Governor, Ethics Officer for the Executive Chamber and Records Access Officer, in charge of all Freedom of Information Act requests for the executive chamber.[10]

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  2. ^ a b c d e Neiles, Edward, editor, The New York Red Book. Albany: New York Legal Publishing. (2007) p. 31.
  3. ^ a b c d e New York Government official website Appointments page. Accessed July 21, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d e f New York Democratic Lawyers Council official website. Accessed July 21, 2008.
  5. ^ Albany Law School official website. Accessed July 21, 2008.
  6. ^ Podcasts web site of Albany law School symposium. Accessed July 21, 2008.
  7. ^ Durr, Eric, "Rich man, poor man: Students meet IRS in Albany law 'tax clinic'", The Business Review (Albany) found at Charlotte Business Journal website. Accessed July 21, 2008.
  8. ^ Albany Law School official website. Accessed July 21, 2008.
  9. ^ Elizabeth Benjamin, On and Off in the 49th (part 2), Blog, Albany Times-Union, found at Albany Times-Union archives. Accessed July 21, 2008.
  10. ^ New York Government official web site FOIL web page. Accessed July 21, 2008.

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