Mayor's Committee on City Marshals
































City Marshals Committee Members

Selections of the Mayor

Peter J. Madonia
Barbara T. Barrantes
Barry R. Clarke
Monte Kurs
Betty Lugo
Thomas H. Roche

Selections of the Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, 1st Department

David Arroyo
Thomas Curran
Justice Bentley Kassal

Selections of the Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, 2nd Department

Leardo Luis Lopez
Marisa Megur Seifan
Justice Daniel Joy

Selections of Law School Deans

Columbia: Richard Briffault
Fordham: Edgar De Leon
St. John's: Jonathan Kingston


Peter J. Madonia is Chair of the Committee. Mr. Madonia is the Chief Operating Officer of the Rockefeller Foundation, established in 1913 by John D. Rockefeller, Sr., to "promote the well-being" of humanity by addressing the root causes of serious problems. Before joining the Rockefeller Foundation in February 2006, Mr. Madonia served as Chief of Staff to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a position he was appointed to after serving as Senior Advisor to the Bloomberg for Mayor campaign. His previous experience in New York City government included serving as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Operations, Deputy Commissioner for Budget and Operations at the Department of Buildings, and First Deputy Commissioner of the Fire Department. Mr. Madonia also owns and for twelve years operated a successful family business. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University, where he has taught urban studies as an adjunct professor. He also has a Master in Urban Studies degree from the University of Chicago.

Barbara Barrantes is Executive Director and Bank Compliance Officer at WestLB AG, New York Branch. Ms. Barrantes previously served as Special Counsel in the Banking and Finance Department of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. Her other professional experience includes service as Senior Vice President and Chief Regulatory Counsel at IBJ Schroder Bank & Trust Company, Staff Attorney in the New York Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Deputy Superintendent and Counsel in the New York State Banking Department. Ms. Barrantes is a graduate of the New York University School of Law.

Barry R. Clarke is the Special Counsel to the Executive Office of the New York State Office of Court Administration. Prior to joining the New York court system in 1986, he served for eight years as an officer with the Triboro Bridge and Tunnel Authority. He is an active member of the Flatbush-Tompkins Congregationalist Church. Mr. Clarke earned his JD from New York Law School.

Monte Kurs is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of BTQ Financial which provides financial management and consulting services to not for profit organizations. Mr. Kurs is also an Adjunct Professor of Management at New York University. Previously, Mr. Kurs has served as Chief of Staff to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, President of Alliance Funding, a division of Superior Bank, FSB, and Chief Operating Officer of the ADCO Group, a national real estate development company. From 1978 to 1987 he served in several positions in NYC municipal government, including Deputy Commissioner of the Department of General Services, Counsel to the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator. He received his JD from Hofstra University Law School.

Betty Lugo is a partner in the firm of Pacheco & Lugo, the first Hispanic women-owned law firm in New York. From 1984 to 1987 she served as an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County. She then joined the law firm of Jacobson & Schwartz as a litigation associate. She has been active in politics, and in 1997 she ran as a Republican and Independence Party candidate for the New York City Council. Ms. Lugo is an instructor with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She earned her JD from Albany Law School of Union University.

Thomas H. Roche is Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. From 1980 to 1996 he served in the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, becoming Senior Litigation Counsel. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Roche served the City of New York for nine years in the Department of Investigation as Assistant Commissioner, General Counsel and Examining Attorney. His other professional experience includes: Deputy General Counsel for the New York City Special Commission of Inquiry into Energy Failures, Research Consultant at the Stanford Research Institute, and Special Assistant District Attorney for Kings County. He served in the United States Army for two years as a Captain and General Staff Officer. Mr. Roche is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Temple University School of Law.

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Selections of the Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, 1st Department

David Arroyo is vice president of legal affairs at Scripps Networks Interactive, where he manages litigation, intellectual property disputes, employment, bankruptcy, and regulatory matters involving the company's cable television and broadband media businesses. Before joining Scripps, he practiced as a trial lawyer at a global law firm, and early in his career he clerked for James G. Carr, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio. David is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Duke University and Stuyvesant High School. While at the Law School, he served as an Associate and Contributing Editor of the Michigan Law Review. David is chairman of the board of LatinoJustice, formerly known as the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. In 2010, he served on the transition team of New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. He currently serves on Senator Charles E. Schumer's judicial screening panel and by appointment of the Presiding Justice of the New York Appellate Division, First Department, on the departmental disciplinary committee.

Thomas Curran is a partner with the law firm of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. Previously, he served in the New York County District Attorney's Office as Assistant District Attorney in the Major Offense /Career Criminal Program and the Frauds Bureau. Mr. Curran has also served as an instructor in the New York County District Attorney's Trial Advocacy Program, the New York City Police Academy, and the New York State Court Officers Academy. Mr. Curran started his legal career as a litigation associate at Lord Day & Lord, Barret Smith and later practiced law at the firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart. He received his J.D. from Fordham University Law School.

Justice Bentley Kassal is a retired judge who has served at every level of the New York State Court System, including Civil Court, Supreme Court, the Appellate Division and Court of Appeals. Justice Kassal, who is currently counsel at the law firm of Skadden Arps, also served as a member of the New York State Assembly from 1957 to 1962. He also has served his country with distinction in the United States Army, and he is a retired major in the Air Force Reserves. Justice Kassal received his JD from Harvard Law School, which designated him as a Distinguished Alumnus in February 2002.

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Selections of the Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, 2nd Department

Leardo Luis Lopez is an attorney in private practice, practicing in the area of Immigration Law. Between 1993 and 2001, Mr. Lopez worked for Victim Services/Safe Horizon Immigration Law Project, providing immigration legal services to low income clients, concentrating in political asylum representation and legal assistance for victims of domestic violence and abuse. Mr. Lopez has represented clients before the Immigration and Naturalization Service (now called Citizenship and Immigration Services), the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Asylum Office. Mr. Lopez is a 1992 graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and earned his undergraduate degree from CUNY/John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Marisa Megur Seifan is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. She previously was an Associate at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, where she practiced in the areas of white collar criminal defense, securities litigation, and complex commercial litigation. Marisa served as her law firm's pro bono liaison to The Legal Aid Society and received the Society's 2005 and 2006 Pro Bono Awards for outstanding service. Marisa also serves as a board member of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families. Marisa received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2001, where she was a member of the law review. She received her B.A. from Duke University.

Justice Daniel Joy retired from the bench in 2000 after serving 42 years in government. He spent 25 years specializing in housing matters, administering and enforcing housing laws of both the State and City of New York, and he served as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Rent and Housing Maintenance. In 1983 he was elected to the Civil Court of the City of New York and two years later he was elected to the Supreme Court of the State of New York where he handled both civil and criminal matters. In 1993, he was appointed to the Appellate Division Second Department and that same year Governor Pataki appointed him to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Justice Joy received his LLB from Brooklyn Law School.

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Selections of Law School Deans

Columbia: Richard Briffault is the Vice Dean & Joseph Chamberlain Professor of Legislation at Columbia Law School. Before joining the faculty at Columbia in 1983, he was an Associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and then Assistant Counsel to the Governor of the State of New York. He served as a Member of Mayor Koch's Early Childhood Education Commission, counsel on Governor Cuomo's Advisory Commission on Liability Insurance, and as a consultant to the New York City Charter Revision Commission. He also served as the Executive Director on the Special Commission on Campaign Finance Reform of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He earned his JD from Harvard University.

Fordham: Edgar De Leon is a partner in the firm of De Leon & Martin, PLLC [NY-NJ]. The firm specializes in criminal defense, matrimonial/family law, and real estate transactions and serves as Impartial Hearing Officers for the New York State Department of Education. Mr. De Leon is a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law and Hunter College. He retired from New York City Police Department with the rank Detective-Sergeant. Mr. De Leon has served on the advisory boards of the Advanced Systems Technology Co. in Lawton, Oklahoma and Instructional Systems Inc. in Hackensack, New Jersey. He also served on the Board of Directors of Loisaida, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation in New York City. Mr. De Leon is the current President-Elect of the Puerto Rican Bar Association. He is a recipient of the Network for Woman's Services Commitment to Justice Award (2000) and the Borough of Manhattan Community College's Latino Honor Society Award (2001).

St. John's: Jonathan Kingston is an attorney in private practice, providing pro bono counseling for consumer-fraud victims and specializing in civil litigation, particularly commercial collections. Before practicing law, Mr. Kingston was a spokesman for NY State Assemblyman Douglas Prescott in Queens. He later served as a Student Legal Specialist at the New York City Corporation Counsel's Queens Tort Division. Mr. Kingston has defended general and product liability lawsuits for AIG as both staff counsel (Jacobowitz, Garfinkel & Lesman) and outside counsel (Cooper, Kardaras & Sharf, LLP). Mr. Kingston is a 1997 graduate of St. John's University School of Law, which he attended on full university scholarship. Mr. Kingston is a New York State-licensed Emergency Medical Technician and currently serves as Corporation Counsel to Oceanside Rescue Company #1 and South Communities EMS and is a member and benefactor of Middle Village Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

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