New York, NY (February 22, 2013)—New York Law School will honor four alumni at its annual gala: Hon. Ernst H. Rosenberger ’58, Of Counsel, Stroock & 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; and Daniel J. Oates ’86, Chief of Police, Aurora, Colorado Police Department. The gala will take place on Monday, February 25, 2013 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Capitale, located at 130 Bowery.
“I am extremely proud to be the Dean and President of this law school, which provided the educational foundation on which our honorees have built their careers,” Dean Anthony W. Crowell said. “These notable alumni demonstrate that lawyers can be a force for societal change, business growth, and innovation. New York Law School continues its commitment to preparing our students to go out into the world and, following in the footsteps or our honorees, change for the better every part of the world they touch.”
New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly will present Daniel J. Oates ’86 with the inaugural Dean’s Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service. Oates is Police Chief in Aurora, Colorado, and responsible for the criminal investigation of the 2012 Century 16 movie theater shootings. He began his career with the New York Police Department in 1980 as a street cop in Manhattan’s 19th Precinct and worked his way up the ladder while attending NYLS’s Evening Division. 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 became Police Chief in Ann Arbor in August, 2001, and was named the city’s first Safety Services Administrator within a year.
Justice Rosenberger, Crotty, and Rosicki will each receive the Law School’s Groundbreaker Award for their work making a difference in the world, while epitomizing New York Law School’s core values of embracing innovation, fostering integrity and professionalism, and advancing justice for a diverse society.
Hon. Ernst H. Rosenberger ’58 is Of Counsel, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. 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 (1977–85), as Acting Justice of the New York Supreme Court (1973–76), and as a Judge in the Criminal Court of the City of New York (1972 –76). 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. Justice Rosenberger is a Vice Chair on the New York Law School Board of Trustees.
Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo will present Gerald C. Crotty ’76 with his award. Crotty served as Governor Cuomo’s Counsel in 1983 and became his Chief of Staff serving from 1985 to 1991. Crotty is currently President of Weichert Enterprise, LLC, a private equity investment firm he co-founded in 2001 with interests in power, business services, distressed banks, and industrial companies, with its largest commitment in the power sector. 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.
Cynthia G. Senko Rosicki ’86 co-founded Sparkling Pointe Vineyards and Winery on Long Island’s North Fork with her husband. The vineyard is the only winery in New York State dedicated to the production of sparkling wine. She is also founding partner of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates. 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.
New York Law School’s 2012 gala was rescheduled
from its original November 14, 2012 date, due to Hurricane Sandy. For
further information, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni
Relations at 212.431.2800. www.nyls.edu/gala2012
About New York Law School
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