Albany – The State University of New York
announced that Governor Paterson’s appointment of Joseph W. Belluck to the SUNY
Board of Trustees was confirmed yesterday by the state Senate. Trustee Belluck
is a founding partner of the Manhattan law
firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP.
appointment is effective July
1, 2010, to a term
that expires June 30,
2017. He will replace
Trustee Robert J. Bellafiore, who has served as a member of the Board since
Chairman Carl T. Hayden said, “As distinguished alumnus holding both
undergraduate and graduate SUNY degrees, and as a former lecturer in our
classrooms, Joseph Belluck is a welcome addition to the Board of Trustees. We are
grateful to Governor Paterson and the state Senate for securing Joe a seat at
would also like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Bob Bellafiore
for his years of service to SUNY. Bob was an extraordinary trustee and a
SUNY education and his experience with the state Attorney General’s office make
him an excellent addition to the SUNY Board,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.
“Joe’s knowledge of SUNY and New York State will benefit the entire system as
we implement “The Power of SUNY,” our new strategic plan.
also go to Bob Bellafiore for the five years of outstanding service to SUNY as
a member of the Board.”
said, "I am honored to have been appointed by the Governor to be a SUNY
Trustee. As a SUNY alumnus, I know firsthand the value of SUNY to its
students, faculty and local communities. SUNY is one of New York's treasures and I am looking
forward to ensuring that it continues to provide high quality educational
experiences to all New Yorkers."
The Board of Trustees is the
governing body of SUNY and consists of 17 members, 15 of whom are appointed by
the Governor, by and with consent of the New York State Senate.
president of the Student Assembly serves as student trustee and the president
of the University Faculty Senate serves as an ex-officio and non-voting
serve on a voluntary basis without compensation for terms of seven years.
Joseph W. Belluck
Joseph W. Belluck
is a founding partner in the Manhattan law
firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP, which focuses on asbestos, consumer,
environmental and defective product litigation.
graduated in 1989 with a B.S. in Sociology from Binghamton University and magna cum laude from the
University at Buffalo School of Law in 1994, where he later served as an
adjunct lecturer on mass torts. He is a founding partner in the Manhattan law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP,
which focuses on asbestos, consumer, environmental and defective product
previously served as counsel to the New York State Attorney General,
representing the State of New York in its litigation against the tobacco
industry, as a judicial law clerk for Justice Lloyd Doggett of the Texas
Supreme Court, and as Director of Attorney Services for Trial Lawyers Care, an
organization dedicated to providing free legal assistance to victims of the
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
lectured frequently on product liability, tort law and tobacco control policy.
He is an active member of several bar associations and serves as a member of
the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
He lives in
New York City and Woodstock, with his wife Laura and two children, Olivia and William.
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