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    White Plains Attorney Mandelbaum Joins Friends of Westchester County Parks Board

    Monday, December 19th, 2011
    Seth Mandelbaum

    Seth Mandelbaum


    Seth M. Mandelbaum, a partner in McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt , LLP, was recently named to the Board of Trustees for Friends of Westchester County Parks. Mandelbaum will commence his three-year term January 1, 2011.

    Friends of Westchester County Parks is a well-known non-profit that has established a tradition of helping to bridge the budget gap for important programs, equipment and support for the Westchester County Parks System. Just this week, Friends of Westchester County Parks teamed up with Con Edison to restore funding to the popular Bicycle Sundays program after it was cut from the 2012 Westchester County budget.

    Mandelbaum, a resident of White Plains, NY, is a member of the New York State and Westchester County Bar Associations, and concentrates his practice in zoning, land use and environmental law. In addition, in 2008, Mr. Mandelbaum became one of only a handful of attorneys in New York to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED® AP).

    “I am enthusiastic to join the Friends board,” said Mandelbaum. “Parks are essential to the well-being of our communities, and I’m looking forward to doing what I can to help maintain and improve the excellent parks system for which Westchester County has become so well-known.”

    Mandelbaum was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1997; the Connecticut State Bar in 1998; and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, and the District of Connecticut.

    He received his J.D., Cum Laude, and an Environmental Law Certificate from Pace University School of Law in 1996, where he was an Articles Editor for the Pace Environmental Law Review; and a B.A., with Honors, from the University of Florida in 1992, where he majored in Environmental Policy.

    “My experience in land use and environmental law has given me a full appreciation for the value of our parks,” said Mandelbaum. “They are often taken for granted, but we have a responsibility to see that they are preserved and protected.”

    The Westchester County Parks Department manages more than 50 parks and recreation properties, spanning more than 18,000 acres. In 2003, the department was accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association, and was the first county agency in New York and one of only 47 agencies in the country to earn that distinction.

    Friends of Westchester County Parks has renewed its pledge to support, maintain and enhance Westchester’s Parks, promote their value to the economic, social and aesthetic vitality of our community, and stimulate public participation, interest and support in their preservation.

    Attorney Frank S. McCullough Jr. Honored By The Osborn Retirement Community

    Monday, December 5th, 2011

    Frank S. McCullough, Jr., Senior Partner in the law firm of McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP has been honored for his extensive work on behalf of The Osborn in the City of Rye, receiving the John W. Sterling Legacy Award in recognition of his nearly two decades of service to the retirement community.

    A resident of Rye, McCullough received the award that is named for John Sterling, the founder of the law firm Sherman and Sterling, who first identified the 56-acre site at the crest of Theall’s Hill in the City of Rye where The Osborn campus was created.

    The award was presented at The Osborn Remembrance Ball on November 11th at the Sterling Lounge and Auditorium. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the development of a new Memory Care Center at The Osborn to meet the region’s rapidly growing need for specialized dementia care.

    Also honored at the event were Frank Corvino, President and CEO of Greenwich Hospital, and the late Peter G. Bergmann, a Partner in the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP of New York City.

    An attorney for more than 43 years, McCullough has played a critical role in the evolution of The Osborn that traces its roots to 1891. First envisioned by its founder, Miriam Osborn, as a supportive home for women, The Osborn opened in 1908. It was later transformed into a campus providing services for all seniors.

    In November 1992, as lead zoning counsel, McCullough filed plans with the City of Rye for a major expansion of the campus as part of The Osborn’s Pathway 2000 initiative that included the development of Sterling Park at The Osborn, an independent living community. Final approval for the ambitious capital project was obtained approximately six months later. Prior to the expansion, approximately 100 seniors resided at The Osborn. As a result of the expansion, today some 430 seniors call The Osborn their home. Bergmann also worked on facets of the Osborn’s expansion and marketing plans, McCullough noted.

    Since then, McCullough’s association with The Osborn has continued on an ongoing basis in land use and real estate-related matters.

    “I am truly honored to have been selected for the Sterling Award along with Frank Corvino and the late Peter Bergmann, true leaders in their respective fields,” McCullough said. “It has been a privilege to help The Osborn grow into the state-of-the art institution it is today that provides a continuum of care from independent living to the highest levels of assisted living. It is a wonderful community asset that allows people to remain in the Rye community as they age and their needs change.”

    McCullough said he was particularly pleased that with its expansion, The Osborn has successfully maintained the architectural character of the original neo-Georgian style residence.

    The Osborn campus includes: the spacious Sterling Park that features independent living apartments and garden homes, the newly renovated original Osborn building and The Osborn Pavilion, a state-of-the-art skilled nursing center, and the planned Memory Care Center.

    With his firm, McCullough practices primarily land use and real estate law and has been particularly active in the area of golf course development. He is admitted to the New York State Bar and is admitted to practice in U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

    Prior to joining the White Plains-based law firm in 1971, he was law secretary to Supreme Court Justice Elbert T. Gallagher. A graduate of Albany Law School of Union University, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University.

    He is a past member of the Mamaroneck-Harrison-Larchmont Bar Association, and has served as Treasurer (1974-1975), Vice President (1978-1979) and President (1980-1981) of that organization. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the Westchester County Bar Association, and served as a Director of the Westchester County Bar Association from 1979 to 1985 and as Vice President from 1985 to 1987. He is also a past member of the Joint Grievance Committee of the Ninth Judicial District and has been a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness, Ninth Judicial District. McCullough has also been a member of the Board of Visitors of the School of Law of Pace University.

    McCullough served as a trustee of the New York Power Authority from 1997 to 2008 and as its Chairman from 2006 to 2008. He is also a past President of the Economic Power Allocation Board of the State of New York and served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and a member of the Conservation Coordination Task Force of New York State.