On March 8, 2009, John Sciortino and Troy Rosasco completed two full terms as New York Workers' Compensation Alliance Co-Chairs and turned leadership of the organization over to well known attorneys Brian Mittman and Victor Pasternack. Both Sciortino and Rosasco will remain on the Board of Governors. Also joining the Board of Governors are James Buckley, Robert Helbock and Robert Grey.
During their tenure, Sciortino and Rosasco helped build a fledgling Political Action Committee into a well regarded and widely admired voice for injured workers in New York State. The WCA has gone on to take leading roles in defeating the imposition of AMA Guides to Permanent Impairment in New York and keeping New York a "wage loss" state, fought for the successful increase and indexing of the maximum weekly workers' comp benefit in our 2007 Legislative Proposals, established an on-line "grass roots" legislative action network for injured workers in NY and raised over $200,000.00 from attorneys and other stakeholders across the state for political candidates who share our convictions.
New Upstate Co-Chair Brian Mittmann is a cutting edge "thought leader" on workers' compensation issues and is the Managing Partner of the third generation workers' compensation law firm of Markhoff and Mittman with a main offices in White Plains. New Downstate Co-Chair Victor Pasternack is the Managing Partner of Brecher Fishman Pasternack Walsh Tilker & Ziegler based in NYC and has been representing claimants before the New York State Workers' Compensation Board for over 30 years. Their new roles will focus on pushing the 2009 WCA Legislative Agenda and continued expansion of our fund raising capabilities. In addition, the WCA has signed a new two year contract with our Albany lobbyist, Richard Winsten of Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein, PC.
With our new leadership in place, the Workers' Compensation Alliance remains committed to fighting for and expanding the rights of injured workers in New York.