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Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP


NEW YORK, May 14, 2004 – Wall Street law firm Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP has announced that Donald J. Kennedy, partner and co-chair of its Maritime practice, has been appointed to the Eastchester Board of Fire Commissioners. Mr. Kennedy’s new position was confirmed by a vote at a public meeting of the Eastchester Board of Fire Commissioners last night at Eastchester Town Hall.

“We are proud of Don’s commitment to serving his community,” said Clifford P. Case, III, executive committee member of Carter Ledyard & Milburn. “His actions mirror our firm’s long history of service to New York and its communities.”

Mr. Kennedy fills the fifth seat on the Eastchester Board of Fire Commissioners vacated in March by George Mayer, who was recently elected Bronxville village justice. Mr. Kennedy will serve the interim term to the end of the year and will be up for re-election in December.

The Eastchester Board of Fire Commissioners is an autonomous unit of government responsible for administrating the district. The five commissioners prepare and adopt the fire district budget, which appears in the town-at-large budget but cannot be altered by the Eastchester Town Board. The fire board also appoints paid and volunteer firefighters, as well as paid positions for an attorney, physician and secretary. Raymond O’ Hare is the chairman of the Fire Board; Paul Chrystal, Raymond Albanese and John Walzer are the other commissioners. The fire board members are elected volunteers. Each board member’s term is five years.

“We are very pleased to have Don join us as our newest fire commissioner. He comes from a family with a legacy of service to the greater Eastchester community,” said Eastchester Board of Fire Commissioner John Walzer. “Don’s 30 years in the practice of law will greatly benefit our efforts for the town of Eastchester. It’s great to have someone like Don from the community step up to serve our town.”

Mr. Kennedy is a partner in Carter Ledyard’s Litigation Department and co-chair of the Maritime practice. He has experience in commercial litigation, arbitration, bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, and international law.

A Bronxville resident for over 30 years, Mr. Kennedy is the husband of Mary Angela “Micki” Kennedy, a long-time Bronxville middle school teacher. Mrs. Kennedy is the daughter of Vincent Bellew, who was editor of the Eastchester Record and chronicler for the “Our Town” column. The Bellew family has lived in Eastchester for over 160 years. Mr. Kennedy served in Vietnam in 1968 as a transportation corps officer in the United States Army and was awarded the Bronze star. He went on to graduate from Fordham University School of Law in 1972. Mr. Kennedy is consistently listed in the prestigious Chambers USA directory of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Carter Ledyard’s attorneys engage in a wide range of pro bono and public service activities, as well as representation of local and state governments. Examples include the formation of the Twin Towers Fund following the September 11 World Trade Center attacks and board service for institutions like the Bronxville Historical Conservancy, Sarah Lawrence College, Human Rights Watch and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Carter Ledyard’s government clients include the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Empire State Development Corporation and the City of Newburgh, New York.

Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP (, established in 1854, has approximately 90 attorneys and has been headquartered on Wall Street since its founding. Carter Ledyard's general practice includes corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, broker-dealer, on-shore and off-shore hedge and other alternative investment funds, private equity, litigation, intellectual property, environmental, employment, media and technology, immigration, investment regulation, antitrust, art law, trusts and estates, maritime, ERISA, tax-exempt organizations, real estate, tax and bankruptcy. A significant part of the firm's practice involves representing overseas-based clients and their U.S. affiliates, financial institutions and other financial services providers, governmental entities and media and technology clients.

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