(From left) Lt. Col. Tom Carello, New York Wing vice commander; Matt O’Connor, Hinman Straub governmental analyst; Col. Jack Ozer, wing commander; and Mike Fallon, Hinman Straub attorney.
Photo by Lt. Col. Larry Brinker
Capt. Robert G. Stronach
Public Affairs Officer
New York Wing
NEW YORK -- New York Wing leaders recently thanked and honored Hinman Straub, an Albany law firm, for its pro bono service to Civil Air Patrol.
"The help they have given us with the State Legislature, Governor's Office and the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services would have cost us tens of thousands of dollars and been beyond our reach,” said Col. Jack Ozer, wing commander, “if Hinman Straub had not believed that our organization could benefit the people of the state of New York and agreed to help us get our message out in Albany."
Ozer said the firm provided legal and government relations advice that directly resulted in an improved working relationship with state agencies and elected officials.
"New York can now access our volunteer emergency and non-emergency services easily and efficiently, resulting in significant cost savings for such services in New York," he said.
Joined by Lt. Cols Tom Carello, the wing’s vice commander, and Larry Brinker, national legislative officer, Ozer presented the firm with CAP Certificates of Appreciation.
The wing officers recognized Hinman Straub’s Matt O'Connor, one of the firm’s lawyers, and Mike Fallon, a governmental analyst, in particular for their help and guidance.