At our 2012 Gala Celebration at CAPITALE on Monday, February 25, 2013 (rescheduled from November 14, 2012 due to the effects of Superstorm Sandy), New York Law School honored four very special honorees, all of whom have made New York Law School very proud. We had a spectacular night with over 500 people in attendance and over $1,000,000 raised.

Groundbreaker Award Recipients

Hon. Ernst H. Rosenberger ’58
Of Counsel, Strrock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP

Gerald C. Crotty ’76
President, Weichert Enterprise, LLC

Cynthia G. Senko Rosicki ’86
Co-founder, Sparkling Pointe Vineyards and Winery;
Founding Partner, Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, PC

Dean’s Award For Excellence In Leadership And Service

Daniel John Oates ’86
Chief of Police, Aurora, Colorado, Police Department

New York Law School expresses its deepest gratitude to our wonderful honorees and their guests, to the auction committee, to the staff and faculty of the Law School, and to all of the generous individuals and companies who made the evening possible.

On behalf of the entire New York Law School community, thank you for a successful Groundbreaking Gala!


Hon. Ernst H. Rosenberger ’58, Of Counsel, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and Vice Chair, New York Law School Board of Trustees

Justice Rosenberger’s distinguished career in the law is marked by concern for the rights of the disenfranchised. He volunteered his services in the defense of the “Freedom Riders” arrested in 1961 in Jackson, Mississippi, and he worked on public accommodation and voting rights cases throughout the South in the 1960s. Prior to joining Stroock in March 2004, Justice Rosenberger served as an Associate Justice of the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, beginning in 1985. Prior to the Appellate Division, he served as Justice of the New York Supreme Court (1977-1985). During this period, he was the Presiding Justice of the Court’s Extraordinary Special and Trial Term for investigation of corruption in the criminal justice system. Justice Rosenberger also served as an Acting Justice of the New York Supreme Court (1973-1976) and a Judge in the Criminal Court of the City of New York (1972 –1976). Justice Rosenberger is a Vice Chair on the New York Law School Board of Trustees.


Gerald C. Crotty ’76, President, Weichert Enterprise, LLC and Vice Chair, New York Law School Board of Trustees

Mr. Crotty co-founded in 2001, and currently directs, Weichert Enterprise LLC, a private equity concern with investments in power projects, business and industrial services and distressed banks. Previously, he held various executive positions with ITT Corporation, including President and Chief Operating Officer of ITT Consumer Financial Corporation and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of ITT Information Services. Prior to joining ITT, he served as Assistant Counsel, Counsel, and Secretary to the Governor of New York. Mr. Crotty was associated with the firm of Hawkins, Delafield & Wood upon his graduation from NYLS. He is a Vice Chair on the New York Law School Board of Trustees and is also a member of the Board of Fordham University. Mr. Crotty has served on numerous other boards including Rockland Capital Energy Investments, DFW Capital Partners, AXA Premier VIP Trust, Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp., and The Jones Group Inc.


Cynthia G. Senko Rosicki ’86, Co-Founder of Sparkling Pointe Vineyards and Winery and Founding Partner of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C.

Ms. Rosicki and her husband transformed a vacant 12-acre parcel of land in Long Island’s North Fork into an award-winning vineyard. They are owners of Sparkling Pointe, New York State’s only winery dedicated to the production of sparkling wine. They have received numerous accolades from critics. At the prestigious 2009 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition, their 2000 Brut Seduction surpassed the reputable Californian French-rooted competition; their sparkling wine earned the Best of Class and Sweepstakes Award, unequivocally placing Long Island on the world map of sparkling wines for the first time. Sparkling Pointe was the first in New York State to receive 90 points from Wine Spectator for their Methode Champenoise wines. Ms. Rosicki is also founding partner of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates. Ms. Rosicki serves on the board of directors of the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC) Realty board of directors. She is also active in the organizations “Help the Homeless” and “Gift of Life.”


Daniel John Oates ’86, Chief of Police, Aurora Police Department

Daniel John Oates ’86, Police Chief in Aurora, Colorado is responsible for the criminal investigation of the 2012 movie theater shootings in Aurora. He began his career with the New York Police Department in 1980. He started work as a street cop in the 19th Precinct, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Chief Oates worked his way up the ladder while attending NYLS’ evening division. Later, as a senior executive, he commanded the Police Cadet Corps and then the Legal Bureau, where he directed a law office of 80-plus attorneys. By the end of his 21 year career, Chief Oates had become head of the Intelligence Division and was a member of the executive staff of Howard Safir, the New York City Police Commissioner. He arranged security for the 2000 U.N. Millennium Summit and was also in charge of U.S. presidential security arrangements. He finished his NYPD career as second-in-command of the city’s largest patrol borough, Brooklyn South, with 3,000 officers. He became Police Chief in Ann Arbor in August, 2001 and was named the city’s first Safety Services Administrator within a year. Chief Oates is a charter member of the federal Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council and is recognized among his peers as an expert in law enforcement intelligence matters.

New York Law School is grateful to the following Committee Members for their generous support:


Mr. and Mrs. Gerald C. ’76 Crotty
Weichert Enterprise, LLC


Diane and Arthur N. ’59 Abbey
Tonio Burgos
Howard Lorber
Suzy Mendik Tarkinow
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Penson ’84
Cynthia ’86 and Tom Rosicki, Esqs. | Rosicki, Rosicki &
Associates, P.C. | Sparkling Pointe Winery
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Eli Wachtel


Barnes & Noble College
Anthony A. Capetola ’70
Dr. Vincent A. Carbonell ’00
Dean Anthony W. Crowell
John E. Estes ’95 and
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Eric Hatzimemos ’92
The Jones Group
Catherine and John D. ’76 McMahon
Jacalyn N. Brecher and Ross F. Moskowitz ’84
Jay S. Negin ’58
Steven E. Pegalis ’65
Karen and Charles Phillips ’93
Robert J. Raymond ’94 and Cleary Gottlieb
Steen & Hamilton LLP
Ken Sciara ’80, Hagedorn & Company
Solaris Advisors
Jeffrey D. Knowles ’75, Michael J. Volpe ’90,
and Venable LLP
VVA Project Managers and Consultants
Fred Wistow ’77


Capacity Benefits Group
Jeffrey Gural, Newmark Holdings
Leon Henderson Jr.
Randi G. ’82 and Jeffrey D. ’76 Kapelman
Linea Architects, P.C.
Thorpe ’58 and Jocelyn Nickerson and the
Walter Scott Foundation
William J. ’76 and Patricia Phelan
Sybil Shainwald ’76
Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP
Michael S. Weiss ’76


Kathleen Grimm ’80
Mr. and Mrs. John Senko
Richard J. Windram ’02, Verizon


Cliff Alberti, TriTech Communications
Caren P. Bailey ’02
Luise A. Barrack ’80, Rosenberg & Estis, P.C.
Mia Bauer ’96
Thaniel Beinert ’96
Robert C. Boneberg ’83
E. Drew Britcher ’84
Hon. Anthony Cannataro ’96
Madeleine and Alan W. ’77 Clark
Richard Cohen, CPA
Claudia and Michael A. ’81 Costa
Jisha V. Dymond ’03, Genova Burns Giantomasi
& Webster
Marcy ’78 and John ’76 Fabiani
Susan J. Flynn-Hollander ’85
Debbie Glick ’87
The Gould-Shenfeld Families
Sally A. Hagan ’86
James Hagy
Susan M. Hinkson ’98
Jeremy Hollander ’05
Paulette ’75 and John C. Long
Gilles Martin, DNO
McCann Fitzgerald Solicitors
Philip J. Michaels ’76
Milrose Consultants
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Molloy
Steve Mudd
Frank W. Munger
Madeleine Nichols ’80
Mark G. O’Connor ’76
Shelley Rossoff Olsen ’81
The Polewac Family
Paul L. Porretta ’95
Norman J. Radow ’81
Christa ’79 and John J. ’79 Reddy
Kelly Poole Reid, Esq.
Frank B. Reilly, Gibbons, P.C.
Fred V. Romano ’89
Judith B. and Hon. Ernst H. ’58 Rosenberger
Vito Ruvolo, TIAA-CREF
Ross and Alice Sandler
Ricki J. Schweizer ’86
Lois Carter Schlissel, Managing Attorney, Meyer,
Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.
Alan J. Schnurman ’71
The Keith Senko Family
Steven B. Shapiro ’84
Hon. Joel H. Slomsky ’70
Alex Storozynski
Summit Security Services
Michael Tiliakos ’96
Nicholas W. Turner ’12
Andrew S. Varady Jr. ’86
Michael ’72 and Nancy Weber
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Wolfson, Esqs.


Susan J. Abraham
Deborah N. Archer
Jodi S. Balsam
Melynda H. Barnhart
Adam Barrett
Tamara C. Belinfanti
Lenni B. Benson
Andrew R. Berman
Darren S. Bloch ’04
Erin Felker Bond ’08
Lloyd Bonfield
Frank A. Bress
Camille Broussard
Heidi K. Brown
Carol A. Buckler
Kirk D. Burkhalter ’04
Elizabeth Chambliss
David Chang
Richard Chused
Fred DeJohn
Victoria Eastus
Stephen J. Ellmann
David M. Epstein
Ronald Filler
Joan Fishman
Kris Franklin
Doni Gewirtzman
Anne Goldstein
Marcey L. Grigsby ’06
Lawrence M. Grosberg
Nancy Guida
James Hagy
Kim Hawkins
Cynara Hermes ’03
Mariana Hogan
Oral Hope
Chaumtoli Huq
Dr. Joanne Ingham
Merilee Jennings
Usheevii King ’07
Gerald Korngold
William P. LaPiana
Arthur S. Leonard
Jethro K. Lieberman
Carlin Meyer
Howard S. Meyers
Frank W. Munger
Michael L. Perlin
Carole Post
Helena Prigal
Edward A. Purcell Jr.
Michael H. Roffer ’83
Katherine Rooney
Ross Sandler
David Schoenbrod
Houman B. Shadab
Richard K. Sherwin
Nadine Strossen
Lynn Boepple Su
Ruti G. Teitel
Ann F. Thomas
Marshall Tracht
Genevieve Wachtell
Daniel A. Warshawsky

James J. Barney ’04
Biz-comm, Inc.
Burke Supply
Lisa J. Chin ’96
Blanche Lark Christerson ’86
Pierre Ciric ’09
Corporate Security Services, Inc.
Matthew P. D’Amico ’85
David Chait Fine Wines Unlimited
Dynamic Paint and Contracting, Corp.
Amy Fallon ’03
Bruce M. Gaylord ’74
Gutenberg Graphics, LTD.
H & M Solutions, Inc.
Howard Roe Gift Solutions
Gretchen M. Jenkins ’11
Nadine C. Johnson ’92
Jennifer Joyce ’90
Judie Karp
Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc.
Patricia Louie, AXA Financial, Inc.
Thomas Kavaler
LUCE Ristorante, Dominick and Linda Caccippio
Melva Construction Corp.
Milagros Baez O’Toole
Jarrod H. Perry ’11
Precision Signs
Pride Professional Center LLC
Joseph Principe, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Sanford J. and Susan Riemer Sacks
Mara Slakas ’11
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey E. Soukup ’80
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LLC
Touro Law School
United Elevator Consultants
Eleanor Vale ’01
Henry and Karina Walentowicz


Avenue Capital
Barnes & Noble College
The Bill Cunningham Show
David Bouley
Bradford Renaissance Portraits
Frank A. Bress
Brooklyn Nets
Alesha Brown ’12
Tonio Burgos
Anthony A. Capetola ’70
Dr. Vincent A. Carbonell ’00
Helen Chin
Christopher Coco ’96
Susan E. Cohig ’02
Gerald C. Crotty ’76
Dean Anthony W. Crowell
David Cornstein
Sherry D. Hines Danzig ’04
Dell, Inc.
Peter M. DiCecco ’94
Disney | ABC
Dr. Phil
Duane Street Hotel
Nancy W. Eagle ’80
Lev J. Ekster ’09
Robert W. Erb ’92
Erwin Pearl
Prof. Ronald H. Filler
Jana L. Friedman ’06
B. Keith Fulton ’98
Jay N. Goldberg ’90
Michal-Lynn Gramby
John N. Iannuzzi ’62
Hotel Indigo East End
Highpoint Office Supply
Marc Lasry ’84
Jane and Lloyd A. Levi ’73
L’Oreal USA
Paulette Long ’75
Longview Photography
Kelly Molinari ’09
Dominic Morelli, Capacity Benefits Group
New York Jets
New York Law School
New York Mets
Jeffrey P. Nosanov ’08
Paramount Studios
Pier Sixty
Charles C. Radcliffe ’80
Baltimore Ravens
Christa ’79 and John J. ’79 Reddy
Michael Rego ’96
Glenn S. Richards ’85
Diane Robertson ’91
Michael Roffer ’83
Hon. Ernst H. Rosenberger ’58
Cynthia ’86 and Tom Rosicki, Esqs.
Eric L. Ross ’95
Sybil Shainwald ’76
Hon. Judith B. Sheindlin ’65
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Peter D. Steckelman ’93
Ann F. Thomas
Universal Studios
Warner Bros.
Jarrod N. Weber ’05
Kenneth D. Werner ’78
World Yacht
Eric M. Yee ’95
Eric S. Zohn ’92
Jody Zucker ’86


AHRC Building Maintenance Services, LLC
CBS Coverage Group, Inc.
Coach Grill & Tavern
DFW Capital Partners
Sarah Dunleavy
EvensonBest, LLC
Fordham University
Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster
Gibbons P.C.
GM Pump Repair
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Imtech Graphics
JRM Construction Management, LLC
Randi G. ’82 and Jeffrey D. ’76 Kapelman
Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc.
The Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
Jeff and Joan Levenson
McCann Fitzgerald Solicitors
Mudd Vineyards
Nelson Air Device Corp.
Pantheon Construction LLC
Pilot Benefits Group
Joseph Principe, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Richmar Controls & Service Company, Inc.
Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates
Josie Sandler, Sandler Search Associates
Self Reliance New York Federal Credit Union
Mr. and Mrs. John Senko
Summit Security Services
Swiss Post Solutions
Tri-Star Lighting
Security by Design/WireWorks Business Systems