Briarcliff Manor deputy mayor named “most socially conscious lawyer”

David Venditti, a partner at Gaines, Gruner, Ponzini & Novick, LLP has been named the “Most Socially Conscious Lawyer” for the 2012 “Above the Bar Awards.” He will be recognized at a ceremony at Pace Law School in White Plains on April 26.

A practicing lawyer for 27 years, Venditti (left) has dedicated himself to community volunteer service and providing pro bono legal services at his current firm and his previous firm, Skadden Arps. He was part of an effort that stopped the “Millennium Pipeline,”  a highly-controversial natural gas pipeline that was to run through Westchester.

Venditti is a past president of the Briarcliff Manor Chapter of Rotary International and a past member of the Briarcliff Community Coalition. As a village trustee in Briarcliff, Venditti proposed and drafted affordable housing legislation and supported efforts to build a new library and a downtown park.

The “Above the Bar Awards” honor the best and brightest Westchester-based attorneys in several categories. The awards are co-sponsored by Pace Law School, the accounting firm Citrin Cooperman, the Westchester County Business Journal, the Westchester County Bar Association, the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, and The Westchester Bank. County Executive Rob Astorino will be the keynote speaker at the April 26 ceremony.

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.