New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) – Region 8
- Department of Construction: Regional Compliance Specialist, April 2007 –
Monitor compliance using federal rights civil laws and regulations for
programs administered by the NYSDOT and evaluated by FWHA.
Assist with the organization and coordination of submission requirements,
determine and evaluate legal and technical sufficiency for payment in
construction projects where there is funding allocation toward D/M/WBE
Provide training to contractors, consultants and engineers in construction
contract compliance matters.
Evaluate potential DBE vendors, suppliers, contractors and consultants for
certification within the Unified Certification Program (MTA, Port Authority,
Assist in the development, evaluation and award of contracts.
Evaluate contractors in their Commercial Useful Function, as identified in
their proposals. Determine if line items have been approved and properly
performed as required by contract.
Conduct Scope and Preconstruction meetings and community outreach for
Perform other duties at the request of compliance supervisors and regional
New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) – Department of Equal
Opportunity:, Investigator, Contract Compliance Officer, August 2002 – April
Conduct investigations regarding compliance with to federal statute (primarily
29 CFR 5.1 – 5.17 and 40 USC 276) and local laws (NYC Admin Code Sections 220,
230 and 6-109) in matters of equal opportunity and contract compliance. Gather
evidence of non-compliance in matters for NYCHA Inspector General regarding
allegations of fraud or crimes.
Consult with agency staff and interview appropriate parties regarding contract
compliance, and prepare reports and relevant correspondence on above alleged
Track and gather necessary contracts and amendments for legal review; manage
documents and data in shared drives; process and track all calls into database
for prevailing wage issues.
Create, format and edit multiple worksheets containing calculations and work
with tables, select queries and databases to illustrate prevailing wage
violations in order to perform withholding of monies from contractors. Submit
request for withholding based upon investigation outcomes.
Follow-up with appropriate agencies, offices to ensure accurate documentation
has been provided for settlement conferences, discovery compliance, etc.;
Instruct and assist independent contractors hired by NYCHA in matters of
contract compliance. Train newly hired field compliance officers;
Mentor new hires: Assist in drafting of internal procedures and training
materials for compliance officers and investigators. Conduct site visits and
interviews to ensure compliance of contracts. Take part in special projects as
assigned by Supervisor of Field Investigations and Supervisor of In-House
New York City Civil Court – Guardian Ad Litem, June 2006 – Present
As assigned by the court to create and negotiate intervention plans to prevent
eviction for designated residents;
Appear before Housing Court Judges;
Coordinate services with social service agencies to ensure funds are secured
on behalf of tenants;
Negotiate and settle disputes and claims with parties and attorneys on behalf
of residents in housing matters;
Develop strong relations with agencies in achieving department objectives.
Westchester Mediation Services (CLUSTER Inc): December 2006 – Present
Mediator (co-mediator and apprentice) for Alternative Dispute Resolution Center
in areas of Parent-Teen Mediation, Alternative Justice Programs, Elder
Mediation, Housing Mediation, Small Claims Matters and other cases as assigned
by courts or other referral methods.
New York City Police Department - Police Officer (retired), June 1987 – March
Legislative Attorney Trainee: Drafted proposed legislation and obtained
sponsorship of Federal, State and local bills in the interest of the NYPD;
served as NYPD liaison with Mayor's Office of City Legislative Affairs; tracked
all amendments to law in relation to police department and criminal issues;
lectured NYPD officials on recent amendments to law, regulations and
departmental mandates though the Executive Development’s management training
course and assisted in the annual publication of the “Legal Bulletin” informing
all uniformed members of pertinent changes to law; assisted in preparation of
witness testimony before the NYC City Council;
Civil Section Attorney Trainee – Assist General Counsel to NYPD in matters of
Human Rights litigation; served as liaison to NYC Corporation Counsel; conducted
depositions and witness preparation for administrative hearings; responded to
requests for legal opinions; and took part in special projects as assigned by
Assistant Commissioner and as assigned by Commanding Officer;
Press Liaison – Department Spokesperson on high profile events within NYPD.
Investigated information, in an expedient fashion, to in-house and area
reporters. Researched and prepared press releases (action sheets) on a daily
Policy Analyst – Drafted and developed police department policy, primarily on
issues of domestic and family violence, and reported directly to the Commanding
Officer of Office of Management Analysis and Planning; Served on Mayor's
Domestic Violence Task Force 1994 – 1995; served as the Department
representative on domestic and family issues. Helped to develop training
Uniformed Police Officer - Performed as uniformed patrol officer as needed.
Also performed critical response duties as requested. Developed and maintained
strong relations with others in order to achieve department objectives.
City University of New York
School of Law - Queens, NY, 1995 -1997
Construction Dispute Resolution Services –Construction Mediation, Arbitration
and Dispute Review Board Training, 2007
American Center for Conflict Resolution Institute - Certified in Mediation and
Alternative Dispute Resolution – 2006
Manhattan College - Riverdale, NY Bachelor of Arts - Major: Communication Arts,
N.Y. State Bar Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) 1999 –
Provide peer support to
attorneys, law students & other members of the legal community in need of
assistance regarding personal, professional and legal issues.
Assist in coordination
and implementation of recruiting volunteers and Continuing Education credits
as requested by director.
New York City Police Department, Police Officers
Providing Peer Assistance (POPPA) formerly Membership Assistance Program (MAP)
1995 – 2002
Bronx Team Coordinator – Responsible for overall Operation of Peer Support Team
of approximately 20-25 volunteers in a 24-hour NYPD suicide prevention program
for NYC police officers and their families. Duties included: Conducting of MAP
awareness seminars throughout Patrol Borough Bronx, NYPD Police Academy and
Executive Management Levels. Trained and mentored peer officers. Performed
Critical Incident Response duties during large scale emergencies and disasters
(e.g. 9/11). Offered counseling, guidance and appropriate support to uniformed
members. Drafted policy for union and NYPD on peer counseling; performed
frequent client contact, particularly in areas of alcohol and substance abuse;
offered referrals to social workers and psychologists. Obtained emergency
authorizations of HMO’s and insurance companies. Also assisted in the
implementation and coordination of past support group for family members of
police officers in the “Bronx” area.