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News Release    

February 11, 2010      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Steinhaus Appoints New County Attorney

Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to announce his selection of James M. Fedorchak as County Attorney. 

Mr. Fedorchak’s appointment follows the retirement of former County Attorney Ronald Wozniak, who retired earlier this month after 12 years of service to Dutchess County, of which he spent nearly five years serving as County Attorney.

“Jim Fedorchak is widely known to others in county government and our community at large.   His vast legal experience, including his prior experience with Dutchess County government, is a tremendous asset for all of us,” said County Executive Steinhaus.    “Jim is a well respected attorney and I am happy to welcome him back to public service here in county government.”

Mr. Fedorchak has more than 36 years of experience practicing law.     He is a graduate of Dutchess Community College and Hartwick College with a BA in History.   He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law.   His career actually began at the Dutchess County Attorney’s Office in 1974.  When he left in 1979, he had been serving as Chief Assistant County Attorney, the second highest position in the Department of Law.    He then went to work in private practice, concentrating in the area of civil litigation.   He has represented public and private entities in both state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels.  Mr. Fedorchak is a member of the New York State Bar Association where he represents the Dutchess County Bar Association in the House of Delegates.   He is also a certified arbitrator and mediator with the American Arbitration Association.  

Additionally, Mr. Fedorchak has taught at the Marist College School of Management and has lectured at various continuing legal education programs.

Mr. Fedorchak has served as past member of the Dutchess Community College Board of Trustees.   He was recently the keynote speaker at Dutchess Community College’s annual President's Breakfast.

Mr. Fedorchak, 62, resides in the City of Poughkeepsie with his wife Nancy.    Both Mr. Fedorchak and his wife are originally from Beacon, where their son Mark still lives.    He is actively involved in the community.    He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Hudson Chapter of Trout Unlimited and has served as past President of the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.   He is a past member of the Stewart Airport Commission and served as Secretary for the City of Poughkeepsie Charter Revision Commission from 1992 to 1994.   

Mr. Fedorchak said, “I appreciate County Executive Steinhaus’ confidence and am pleased to be joining his executive team.    I feel fortunate to see my career move full circle with this return to  Dutchess County Government.    As a lifelong resident of Dutchess County, I am thrilled to be able to combine my passion for practicing law with my passion for public service, serving as County Attorney.”

The County Attorney serves as the sole legal advisor for the County; prepares all necessary legal papers and instruments pertaining to County Government; prepares memoranda and opinions in regard to local laws, resolutions and legalizing acts; and prosecutes and defend civil matters or proceedings involving the County and its units, including its officers.

A resolution confirming the appointment of Mr. Fedorchak as County Attorney will be forwarded to the Dutchess County Legislature for consideration and approval at its March 2010 meeting.   County Executive Steinhaus announced the new appointment to Department of Law employees at a staff meeting this morning at the County Office Building.



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