Former NYS Attorney General To Be Appointed As Hearing Officer In The Sullivan Disciplinary Case

Dennis Vacco

Dennis Vacco

In a press release issued this afternoon by the Town of Clarkstown a former New York State Attorney General is set to be appointed at the Town Board Meeting on Tuesday, August 9th to hear the charges against Chief Michael Sullivan.

The press release reads as follows:


NEW CITY- The Supervisor’s Office today announced that the Town Board of Clarkstown will appoint the former New York State Attorney General, Dennis C. Vacco, as the hearing officer in the police disciplinary matter of Michael Sullivan at the August 9th meeting.

Attorney General Vacco was elected to become New York State’s chief legal officer in 1994 and served for 4 years. From 1988-1993, Attorney General Vacco was appointed by the President of the United States to serve as the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York. Prior to that, he served for 10 years as the Assistant District Attorney for Erie County.

Attorney General Vacco is currently a partner in the Litigation Practice Group of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP.  END OF PRESS RELEASE

Dennis C. Vacco, is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP headquartered in Buffalo, New York, with an office in Albany. According to their website LMWF represents a diverse client base which includes both publicly and privately-owned companies, private equity and venture capital firms, real estate developers, financial institutions, municipalities and governmental entities.

Mr. Vacco was elected New York State Attorney General in 1994 and served until 1999. In 1988, he was appointed United States Attorney for the Western District of New York by President Ronald Reagan after serving 10 years as an Assistant District Attorney in Erie County.

Vacco focuses much of his legal practice on governmental investigations and compliance work.  He works with clients who have been directly targeted by the New York State Attorney General as part of a government investigation. Prior to joining Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, Vacco spent two decades as a prosecutor and according to the website of the law firm of which he is partner he “understands what it takes to avoid ending up in the crosshairs of a government investigation”.

As the Hearing Officer in the Sullivan case it is to be expected that Vacco will apply this experience and understanding of government investigations to render a correct and fair decision in the case of Chief Sullivan.

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