David Imamura, Esq.
Eugene Benger, Esq.
Ross Brady, Esq.
John Conway III, Esq.
John became counsel to Senator Dean G. Skelos from Long Island in 1989. In 2011, John was appointed as Commissioner of the New York State Bill Drafting Commission. In 2017, John retired but continues to practice law on his own. John received his Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College and his Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School. John and his spouse, Grace, reside in Loudonville, NY.
Dr. Ivelisse Cuevas‐Molina
My name is Elaine Frazier. I am a child of the city of Albany in the state of New York. My family comes from Long Island and migrated to Upstate New York in the early 1950s after World War II and Korea. They migrated to Albany to work for the state of New York, finding work at the Department of Motor Vehicles, Tax and Finance and all over the burgeoning roles of state government. They were the first generation of civil servants, some of them organized units within what we now know as CSEA. But most importantly they worked and they lived in the city of Albany; supporting institutions and churches, founding civic and cultural organizations. I grew up in a very rich environment where every Saturday morning you cleaned your house in anticipation of all the other responsibilities that you had but always punctuated your week with a visit to church on Sunday.
Albany, as the capital of New York State was a company town full of agriculture, industry, history, economics, politics and culture. It was also a racially stratified city, What I remember most about it was the accessibility that public education afforded to the global and local political changes of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. It is what fueled my interest in education as the foundational essential for sustainability of positive change of what I have come to call the Emerald City. In the 50s and 60s there were bridges and pathways that crossed from the communities of color into the central government area of the city of Albany and state. We could walk from Arbor Hill through the capitol rotunda and out the other side of the hill to Israel AME Church. Somewhere in the late 60s that was all dismantled, more than metaphoric.. we lost our bridges between communities in much more than a symbolic sense. it became clear that the opportunities for redevelopment we're not going to be shared with our side of the bridge. After college, I decided to work here in for the not-for-profit organizations. I taught everything from candle making to cookie baking and preparation for high school equivalency and college preparation. While weIl tutored, and organized, many opportunities were began to dissipate before our very eyes. When I was recruited to go to work for the New York State Assembly in 1981, I was told that this was the opportunity to make the change that everybody knew needed to be made and that I would be part of a team. I later learned how small that team was and I also understood that real progress was the function of your ambition and your vision but most importantly your ability to work in coalition. My work in the Assembly was followed by work for the Hon. H Carl McCall,, and a return to the Assembly to the office Hon. Sheldon Silver. In 1998 I left the Assembly for a position at SUNY College at Old Westbury, followed by a tour of duty in the NYC BOARD of Education and the Office of the Bronx Borough President, I returned home to Albany to work on a critical campaign for District Attorney. Our candidates won. After his transition, I decided to pursue doctoral study at the university of Albany. My last public endeavor was my appointment to the Albany City Redistricting Commission and contributed to the addition of 2 majority minority seats.
Today I am proud to say that I am a member of the first constitutional independent Commission on redistricting. It is the honor of a lifetime to represent the people as we continue the fight for representation.
Lisa Harris, Esq.
Charles H. Nesbitt was appointed to the New York State Independent Redistricting Commission on January 30, 2020. He previously served as a member of the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal from November 2005 through May of 2016, including service as President of the Tribunal from November 2005 until March 2010. Prior to his appointment, he served as Minority Leader of the Assembly, a position to which he was elected in April 2002.
First elected to the New York State Assembly in 1992, Mr. Nesbitt rapidly ascended through the ranks of the Minority Conference leadership, where he served as the Chairman of the Steering Committee and Deputy Minority Leader. He also is past Ranking Member of the Assembly Banks and Veterans Affairs Committees and served on the budget-making Ways & Means Committee. Previously, he had served as Chairman of the Orleans County Planning Board and Member of the Albion Town Council.
Mr. Nesbitt served many years as general sales manager at Moore-Nesbitt, Inc., and Nesbitt Chrysler Plymouth Dodge, Inc., before his election to the Assembly.
A decorated helicopter pilot with the 57fl1 Assault Helicopter Co. during the Vietnam War, Mr. Nesbitt served in the U.S. armed forces for ten years. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while participating in aerial flight while serving in Vietnam, as well as the prestigious air medal with 26 oak leaf clusters. For his legislative efforts on behalf of New Yorkers serving in the military, Mr. Nesbitt was presented with the National Guard Association of the United States' (NGAUS) Charles Dick Medal of Merit, the highest NGAUS award a state legislator is eligible to receive.
A self-employed consultant, Mr. Nesbitt serves or has served on many community boards and foundations. He is an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church and a member of several veterans' organizations.
Mr. Nesbitt, the father of seven children, and his wife Kim, reside in the Town of Barre in Orleans County.