Thursday, August 19, 2010

MCC YPs Profile: Richard Brodsky, New York Democratic Attorney General Candidate

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Committee is hosting a Night with the New York Democratic Attorney General Candidates on Tuesday, August 24.   The event is free for all committee members, and $15 for non-members.  Please tell a friend!

The evening will be moderated by Greg David of the CUNY School of Journalism, and will feature three candidates: Richard Brodsky, Sean Coffey and Eric Dinallo. 

In 2002, Richard Brodsky was appointed Chairman of the Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions. It is as Chairman of this Committee that Richard brought the full weight of his talents and vision to bear on reform of state government. In 2009 this culminated with the passage of the Public Authorities Reform Act. It is a sweeping reform of all of New York’s 700 authorities, including the MTA, New York Power Authority, Long Island Power Authority and the Thruway Authority. It has been lauded as the most significant reform of State government in decades.

Not only has Richard created laws to protect the people of New York, he has also served as a chief investigator, rooting out corruption at all levels of government. His investigation into the use of public funds to build the new Yankee Stadium revealed secret and illegal deals between the Yankees and NYC. Richard has consistently fought to level the playing field and to make sure that all public officials are held responsible for their actions.

Richard has taken on investigations of the private sector wrongdoers to protect consumers as well. In the 2006 power outage in Astoria Queens, Richard recovered $40 million for Queens residents after proving that it was Con Edison’s negligence which caused a major blackout.

Richard has been a champion for the environment. In 1993, Richard was named Chairman of the Committee on Environmental Conservation, beginning a tenure that left a lasting impact on our environment and public health. He authored the most dramatic advances in environmental law in decades, including the Environmental Protection Fund (the first dedicated fund for environmental protection in the State’s history which has disbursed billions in land acquisition, park preservation, and clean air and water projects).

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