For almost five years, Jeff has served as the Legislative Director for New York City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley.  Jeff currently assists the Council Member in analyzing and researching legislation and policy proposals on topics ranging from physical education in public schools to smoke alarms to animal welfare and consumer protection.  He also participates in city agency oversight hearings for the Fire Department/E.M.S., Department of Correction, Department of Probation, and the Office of Emergency Management.  Jeff also helps to advance the agendas of the Council’s Women’s Caucus and Jewish Caucus.

Prior to joining the Council Member, Jeff worked in the Bureau of Consumer Fraud and Protection at the N.Y.S. Attorney General’s Office on a public service fellowship.  In this role, Jeff investigated credit card debt settlement and credit repair companies, and online marketers of “free trial” promotions for deceptive business practices.  He also investigated deceptive advertising cases, Lemon Law cases, and responded to Freedom of Information Law requests.

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Jeff also served as a Dean’s Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Legal Writing Center at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he taught appellate brief writing, Elements of Law exam review sessions, and writing workshops.  In conjunction with his teaching position, Jeff was an associate at a law firm where he managed the discovery process for a complex divorce action and represented clients in Family Court.

Jeff holds a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was a Notes Editor on Cardozo’s Journal of Conflict Resolution.  While at Cardozo, Jeff served as a judicial intern to both the Honorable Judge Sandra L. Townes of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and to the Honorable Leonard B. Austin in the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court.  Jeff obtained his B.A. in economics from S.U.N.Y. Binghamton, where he graduated magna cum laude. 

Jeff is a resident of Turtle Bay (Midtown East) and has served on the board of the Turtle Bay Association and was a former full board member of Manhattan Community Board Six, where he served on both the Public Safety and Environment Committee and the Health and Education Committee.  He is presently a public member of the latter committee.

Jeff has remained an active alumnus of Cardozo and is a member of the Alumni Association’s Executive Committee, Legislation and Policy affinity group, has co-chaired the 8th Annual Alumni dinner and serves as a Class Agent for the Class of 2009.  He also helps Binghamton University students with career planning through participation in Binghamton’s Metro-NY chapter events.  Jeff remains active in his community through his membership at Temple Emanu-El, including the Men’s Club, and through participation in community events.

Jeff grew up in Hollis Hills, Queens, with his parents, sister, and twin brother.  He attended only public schools and his mother is presently a Speech Therapist in a public elementary school.  Jeff’s father is a real estate attorney who has maintained his practice in the Council District for over thirty years and his sister is a Manager in the Attorney Development Division of a prominent law firm, which is located in the Council District.  Jeff’s twin brother has also devoted himself to public service and is a Deputy Director in the Economic Incentives Division of Empire State Development.