Longtime director of Westchester Legal Aid to retire

Talk about an end of an era.

Attorney Steven J. Pittari, whose name has become synonymous with the Westchester Legal Aid Society, will retire after more than 20 years as its director.

Pittari, only the second director in the agency’s history, has been a Legal Aid lawyer for more than 40 years. Legal Aid represents indigent clients charged of felonies.

Pittari’s last day will be June 30. Legal Aid’s Deputy Chief Counsel, John F. Ryan, who recently had the challenge of representing double murderer Darrell Evans, will take Pittari’s place as executive director and chief counsel.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.