Coronavirus Update: Safety

April 22, 2021  
Webinar
Webinar
Thursday
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Transportation, Schools, Congregating, Masking, Enforcement for Violations
Event Description

City & State is proud to present “Coronavirus Update” a four-part webinar series in partnership with the Office of the Counsel to the Mayor. Each month we will co-host a one-hour webinar featuring the Mayor de Blasio’s closest legal and policy advisors, which will be moderated by City & State Editorial staff.  We welcome industry partners to join our panels each month. 

Joseph Fucito, Head of the Office of Sheriff, City of New York, Kapil Longani, Counsel to the Mayor of New York City, Kate Cocklin Deputy Counsel, Office of the Counsel to the Mayor, and Ernest Hart, Deputy Commissioner for Legal matters at NYPD will speak about New York City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the future of safety and security including for our transportation system, in schools, for large gatherings and what kind of enforcement can we expect.

Speakers
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Joseph Fucito
Head of the Office of Sheriff, City of New York
Joseph Fucito was appointed New York City’s sheriff in 2014 after serving with the Sheriff’s Office since 1988, when he became, at 18, the youngest deputy sheriff in the city’s history. He has served under five administrations and in all uniformed ranks within the agency: deputy sheriff, sergeant, lieutenant, undersheriff, and now, sheriff. Sheriff Fucito has also worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York State Department of Transportation. The sheriff and his team are charged with a wide range of law enforcement responsibilities, including the duty to preserve the peace and serve and enforce mandates and orders issued from local or state courts, the federal government, foreign countries, the New York City Tax Tribunal, or the commissioner of the Department of Finance. The sheriff executes processes involving the seizure of money or property pursuant to writs, warrants, and court orders; serves civil and criminal process; apprehends fugitives from justice; and escorts persons in civil custody to correctional facilities, hospitals, and court. The Sheriff’s Office enforces all laws and ordinances concerning the trafficking of synthetic narcotics and illegal, untaxed, or counterfeit tobacco products. The sheriff is also responsible for enforcing and preventing the violation of all tax laws and ordinances and all laws and ordinances involving the theft or fraudulent conveyance of real property in New York City. Sheriff Fucito holds a B.A. in English from Queens College CUNY and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has received numerous service citations, including the Sheriff’s WTC 911 Award, the Sheriff’s Medal of Honor, and the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence Upstander Award.
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Kapil Longani
Counsel to the Mayor of New York City
Mr. Longani serves as Chief Counsel to the Mayor of New York City. As Mayor de Blasio’s chief problem solver, Kapil advises the Mayor and City Hall on high profile and sensitive legal matters affecting the City including: police reform, economic development, affordable housing, and immigration. Most recently, he played a central role in the Administration’s legal response to the historic issues confronting New York City during the COVID-19 crisis. Appointed Counsel to the Mayor in November 2018, Kapil has a long career in public service, which he attributes to his immigrant parents. They instilled in him a strong belief in the power of government to improve people’s lives and a deep commitment to public service. Before joining the administration, Kapil served as Senior Counsel to Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kapil acted as the Democratic staff's lead investigator in several inquiries including the Flint water crisis, contractor fraud at the Department of Defense, the Department of State's rejection of the Keystone Pipeline application, the Trump Administration's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States rulemaking process. Prior to his work in Congress, Kapil served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia where he prosecuted cases involving sexual assault, homicide, robbery, narcotics, and illegal firearms. He previously worked as a litigator in New York City at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and served as a law clerk to Judge Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Richard Smoak of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. Kapil holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and legal degrees from the University of Florida, Yale, and Oxford University.
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Kate Cocklin
Deputy Counsel, Office of the Counsel to the Mayor
As a senior team member for the Counsel to the Mayor, Kate advises the Mayor’s Office on the most sensitive legal issues that face the City of New York and works to develop and advance policy proposals by coordinating across multiple agencies. Kate was a significant architect to the City’s legal response to the global pandemic. From the onset of the pandemic, she worked tirelessly on many high profile issues, including developing the legal framework for the City’s outdoor dining program, open storefronts, citywide checkpoints, the City’s shutdown, the rush to acquire PPE, ensuring New Yorkers understood the City’s travel restrictions and finding solutions to many other “insurmountable” issues. Kate has also overseen the development and production of City Hall Pass the first podcast of its kind to provide New Yorkers with an unprecedented look inside City Hall. Kate and her cohosts discuss key issues with City Hall and New York City’s most influential leaders and decision makers. She has represented the City on various panels for legal and non-legal audiences, including the New York State Bar and Queens Public Library. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office in 2016, Kate was an Associate at Levitt LLP, where she worked on commercial litigation and resolving business disputes. She also served as a Fellow at the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor where she represented the Commission in administrative matters and coordinated with New York and New Jersey law enforcement. Kate holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from Hofstra Law. Kate lives in downtown Manhattan with her husband and their golden-doodle Charlie, who is prominently featured on the Counsel to the Mayor Twitter account: @NYCMayorCounsel.
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Ernest F. Hart
Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters, NYPD
Judge Ernest F. Hart joined the department from the New York State Supreme Court, Civil Term, having previously served as a New York City Criminal Court Judge. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Queensborough Community College. Before becoming a judge, Mr. Hart was Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer of the Columbia University Medical Center/Affiliation at Harlem Hospital where he was responsible for supervision of academic and clinical service operations and strategic planning. Mr. Hart began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office and was chair of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board. He has served on several boards and commissions and is currently Chair of Martin De Porres Group and Family Services which serves at risk youth. The NYPD Legal Bureau provides assistance to law enforcement personnel regarding department legal matters. The bureau assists members of the service in interpreting and enforcing state, federal, and local laws; ensures that the policies and practices of the department are lawful and are fairly applied; develops legislation in accordance with the needs of the Department and public safety concerns; and furthers the quality of life of New Yorkers and visitors through the focused and aggressive use of civil enforcement remedies. The Legal Bureau oversees several units and sections. Mr. Hart earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Villanova University School of Law, Master's Degree in Theology from Saint Joseph's Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fordham University. He was born and raised in Queens, New York and currently resides there with his three children.
Agenda
2:00pm

Opening Remarks By Zach Williams, Albany Reporter, City & State NY

2:05pm

Roundtable Discussion

Joseph Fucito, Head of the Office of Sheriff, City of New York, Kapil Longani, Counsel to the Mayor of New York City, Kate Cocklin, Deputy Counsel, Office of the Counsel to the Mayor, and Ernest Hart, Deputy Commissioner for Legal matters at NYPD will speak about New York City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the future of safety and security including for our transportation system, in schools, for large gatherings and what kind of enforcement can we expect.

3:00pm

Session Concludes

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