Saturday, December 18, 2021

NYC Mayor-Elect Adams Taps Former Fed Prosecutors For Two Top Legal Posts

Mayor-Elect Eric Adams (D), announced Friday, that he’s appointing Two former Federal Prosecutors as his Chief Legal Counsel in City Hall, and as Commissioner of the Department of Investigation (DOI).

His Chief Counsel pick, Brendan McGuire, served as former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District, for 11 years, and Headed up Two Key Teams there: the Public Corruption Unit, and the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit.

“For my administration to be successful, my team in City Hall needs leaders who embody emotional intelligence, independent thinking, and calm under pressure. My lead advisors must have impeccable judgment and be willing to provide me with their candid advice about the varied challenges we will face together,” Adams said in a Written Statement, Friday morning. “That is why I have asked Brendan McGuire to serve as my chief counsel. If harnessed and coordinated properly, the legal function of the city can facilitate meaningful change and have an enormous impact on the renewal of the city. I thank Brendan for agreeing to serve in this administration.”

Jocelyn Strauber, who also served as a Prosecutor in the Southern District, will become Adam’s Head of the DOI, which acts as a Watchdog over the Mayor and the rest of City Government.

Strauber, who worked as a Clerk for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice, William Rehnquist, was Co-Head of the Southern District’s Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit and is now a Partner at the Skadden Arps Law Firm.

“By fighting corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse, and holding all city employees to the highest ethical standard, this independent office plays a critical role in safeguarding the city’s precious resources,” she said of her DOI Appointment. “I look forward to leading the dedicated professionals who work every day to protect and preserve integrity in government, a mission of unparalleled importance.”

Adams’ announcements come on the heels of several other High-Profile Appointments: Keechant Sewell as the next NYPD Commissioner, David Banks as Schools Chancellor, and Louis Molina as Head of the Department of Correction.

While at the U.S. Attorney’s office, McGuire, of Brooklyn, Supervised the Prosecution of several High-Profile Cases, including those against Disgraced former State Sen. Carl Kruger of Brooklyn, and City Councilman “Cash and Carry” Larry Seabrook, as well as the Businessmen Convicted as part of the CityTime Scandal during the term of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

McGuire left the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2016, to join the WilmerHale Law Firm as a Partner. While there, he’s represented Corporate Clients in Criminal and Regulatory Investigations.

“I love the city. It is a privilege to return to public service to work on behalf of its residents,” he said. “The mayor-elect is uniquely positioned to bring us together and bring us back to where we belong. And I look forward to working with him.”

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