Brad Gerstman is a leading New York State attorney, lobbyist and communications specialist. His diverse background and extensive experience in law, business, government, education, and the not-for-profit community places him in a unique position to represent and advocate for a broad range of clients and causes.

As both a personal donor and successful fundraiser, Brad has built a political career that spans all levels of government, and encompasses pertinent figures from both sides of the political spectrum. He has served on a number of Finance Committees, and has been sought out by some of the most prominent members of government for both campaign guidance and fundraising aid. It is this exceptional fundraising prowess that has allowed Brad to create an incomparable reputation state-wide.

Mr. Gerstman’s exceptional track record for building both relationships and coalitions has earned Brad the respect of policy makers, and guided them in constructing essential legislation for the state of New York. Through years of experience, Brad has developed the skills necessary to steer his clients through the complex legislative, political, and bureaucratic processes, while concurrently serving as their spokesperson. With progressive strategies, Brad has acquired the ability to tap into political trends and opportunities, which enable him to identify and overcome obstacles for his clients. Brad’s work has resulted in the shaping of public policy in a number of areas including business advocacy, land use, municipal matters, special education, and charitable causes. Admittedly, Brad has been quoted stating, “Because of the passion I possess as an advocate, the consideration of running for office is always lurking somewhere in my mind”. This very passion even led to a successful exploratory campaign funded, in part, by 500,000 dollars of Brad’s own personal finances.

Brad provides clients with a unique blend of legal, political, and business experience. As a member of the New York State Bar since 1994, Brad developed a remarkable reputation as a defense attorney, prosecutor and general corporate counsel. His distinguished career as a litigator began when Brad was appointed as an assistant district attorney in the Bronx. In this role, Brad faithfully served New Yorkers through his investigation of corporate fraud and corruption cases, as well as his tenacity in persecuting violent criminals. From the DA’s office, Mr. Gerstman went on to head a law firm that focused on criminal defense and general litigation. During this period he handled numerous high-profile cases that included the protection of children from lead-based paint, and advocating for the rights of senior citizens. Currently, Brad is a partner in Gerstman, Schwartz & Wink, LLP,  and Gotham Government Relations & Communications, based in Roslyn. In addition, Brad is a member of the Education Law Association and the Nassau County Bar Association’s Education Law Committee.

Mr. Gerstman is a strong advocate for children with special needs. He currently acts as both co-founder and board member of the Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation, a family foundation that provides summer camp experiences to children with physical and developmental disabilities. In the past, Brad has also served as the Long Island Advocacy Chair for Autism Speaks, one of the nation’s largest autism advocacy organizations, as well as Advocacy Chair on the 2007 Long Island Walk Now for Autism Planning Committee. In 2008, Brad was appointed by Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi to chair his Autism Coalition. In addition, Mr. Gerstman was recently elected by the Long Island Autism Coalition Board to serve as Counsel to their organization. Read the rest of Brad’s Bio…

From LI Herald:

In partnership with Nassau County, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island and Brad Gerstman, a Roslyn resident, established a fund to financially reward those who provide information about anti-Semitic crimes.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said it was a great addition to the county’s Crime Stoppers program because it acts to deter these type of hate crimes. “Nassau County will not tolerate bias crimes and is meeting with Jewish community leaders to discuss enhanced security measures during the upcoming High Holidays,” he said.

The fund, begun with a $1,000 donation from Gerstman, will reward individuals who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of those committing anti-Semitic crimes.

Det. Lt. Gary Shapiro, the commanding officer of the police department’s Community Affairs unit, said there have been 15 reports this year that have been labeled as possible anti-Semitic hate crimes. “Three of those reports have occurred in the Five Towns,” he said. “Most of those cases are criminal mischief, property damage type crimes using words and symbols such as a swastika.”

Through Gerstman, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island has created an escrow account that will be used to fund rewards and will accept tax-deductible donations of any size. The amount of the rewards will be made on a case-by-case basis by the JCRC, in consultation with the police department, the district attorney’s office, and other appropriate law enforcement agencies.

Gerstman said that he was moved to create this fund after an event at the Nassau County’s Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center this summer. “I would love to solve the world problem of anti-Semitism, but that isn’t realistic, so I want to help make sure Long Island stays safe from anti-Semitic hate crimes,” he said. “I’m concerned about the violence against Jews, especially here on Long Island.”

JCRC of Long Island Executive Director David Newman commended Gerstman for his idea and commitment. “I want to thank Brad who brought the concept of this fund to our attention,” he said. “If not for him, this fund would not be a reality. We are proud to help with actualizing his vision.”

Donations can be made to the JCRC of Long Island at 6900 Jericho Tpke, Suite 302, Syosset, NY 11791.

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CBS New York: Reward Fund Established To Catch Those Behind Anti-Semitic Crimes In Nassau County

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Nassau County community leaders announced a reward fund to help catch those behind anti-Semitic crimes.

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MANGANO, JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL OF LI ANNOUNCE CREATION OF REWARD FUND TO CATCH PERPETRATORS OF ANTI-SEMITIC CRIMES

September 11, 2014
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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter will join Arthur Katz, Chairman of Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island (JCRC-LI), on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 to announce the establishment of a fund to reward individuals who come forward with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of anti-Semitic bias crimes.

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Video: Brad Gerstman on RNN – New York Politics

August 28, 2014
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Brad Gerstman joins panel on RNN Richard French Live to discuss New York Politics

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