John Feinblatt was appointed Chief Advisor to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for Policy and Strategic Planning in February 2010. He works in close consultation with the Mayor, Deputy Mayors, and Commissioners in the development and implementation of policies that cut across city agencies. In addition, he leads the Mayor's national coalitions on guns, immigration reform and infrastructure investment. Mr. Feinblatt has held the position of Criminal Justice Coordinator for the City of New York since January 2002. He serves as the Mayor's chief advisor on criminal justice policy and liaison to the state court system, the city's five elected District Attorneys and the state criminal justice system.
Prior to joining the Bloomberg administration, Mr. Feinblatt was the founding director of the Center for Court Innovation. The recipient of the 1998 Innovations in American Government award from the Ford Foundation and Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Center is the country's leading think tank devoted to problem solving justice and has created national models for drug courts, community courts, mental health courts, prisoner re-entry courts and domestic violence courts.
Before the Center, Mr. Feinblatt was the founding director of the Midtown Community Court, which was created as part of the economic revitalization effort in Times Square. The Midtown Court is now the model for over 60 community courts in this country and abroad.
Mr. Feinblatt has been appointed by the Chief Judge of New York State to serve on the Commission on the Future of Probation, the Commission on the Future of New York State Courts and the Commission on Alternatives to Incarceration. He has also served as the board chair of Bowery Residents Committee, one of New York City's largest independent agencies serving the homeless.
Mr. Feinblatt is the co-author of "Good Courts: The Case for Problem-Solving Justice" published in 2005 by The New Press. In addition, he has contributed articles and opinion pieces to Law and Policy, Court Manager, Judicature, Fordham Urban Law Review, The New York Times, New York Newsday, New York Post, Daily News and other publications. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.
Laurence E. Busching
Laurence E. Busching serves as the First Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator in the Mayor's Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator. The Coordinator's Office works with the City's criminal and juvenile justice agencies to coordinate policy and operations, manage data, oversee contracts and grants and conduct enforcement.
From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Busching served as Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Administration for Children's Services. In that capacity, he was responsible for the Division of Youth and Family Justice, which consists of juvenile detention, youth justice program and the Family Assessment Program. The Division had been created by the merger of the Department of Juvenile Justice into the Administration for Children's Services.
Mr. Busching served as Chief of the Family Court Division of the New York City Law Department from 2005-2010. The Division handles the prosecution of juveniles in Family Court throughout New York City as well as the enforcement of interstate child support orders. During this time, the Division underwent substantial changes as it enhanced its focus on the prosecution of serious offenses, expanded the use and range of community-based sentencing options and undertook a victims' services initiative.
From 1990-2004, Mr. Busching served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. The last 4 years of his time in that office were spent as Chief of the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau, as well as prosecuting homicides and other serious offenses.
Mr. Busching serves on the Board of Directors for the New York City Alliance against Sexual Assault and spent six years as an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School.
Kathleen McGee is Director of the Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement (OSE) for the City of New York, a multi-agency taskforce operating under the Criminal Justice Coordinator's office, and has been working with the office in her present position and previously as Deputy Director for almost four years. Ms. McGee also serves as senior advisor to the City's New Business Acceleration Team, an initiative designed to streamline new business openings. Prior to her present position with the Mayor's Office, Ms. McGee spent over six years as a prosecutor for the Bronx County District Attorney's Office where she focused on the crimes of domestic violence, child abuse and sex offenses. Prior to working for the City of New York, Ms. McGee co-developed and implemented the Chicago Public Housing Recycling Program in collaboration with the City of Chicago and the Resource Center, a Chicago-based non-profit. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, her MA from the University of Chicago and her JD from Boston University.
Michele Sviridoff is the Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator for Research and Planning. In this role, Ms. Sviridoff focuses on juvenile justice and justice system analysis, research, and planning. She came to the city from the Center for Court Innovation, where she served as Research Director and Deputy Director. Before that, she served as a Senior Research Associate at the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University where she helped design a multi-site demonstration program for recently released offenders. For over 14 years, she was a Senior Research Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice where she worked on a long-term study of relationships between employment and crime. Ms. Sviridoff is a graduate of Smith College and she holds an M.Phil. from Yale University. She is the author of Dispensing Justice Locally, a study of the implementation and effects of the Midtown Community Court.