Goodbye and good luck Stephen Pittari

Today is the last day of work for longtime Legal Aid chief Stephen J. Pittari (left). He ends a 42-year career at the Westchester County Legal Aid Society — all but four of those years as chief attorney.

There are few people I meet in this line of work whom I would describe as delightful. Pittari is one of them. He not only is intelligent, but also has that rarest of human qualities — charisma — that has earned him the reputation as one of the most respected and admired lawyers in the state. The people who work for him are fiercely loyal and completely devoted, and even prosecutors give him kudos as a worthy adversary.

I wish him well in his future years. And if he ever writes that book, I’ll be sure to buy a copy.

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.