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Councilman

Brian R. Haak
Elected:  Appointment June 2012
Education:

J.D. Albany Law School, 2002

B.A. (political science) Empire State College, 1994

A.A. (social science) Herkimer County Community College, 1989

A.A.S. (accounting) Herkimer County Community College, 1988

Affiliations:

New York State Bar Association

  Albany County Bar Association
 

Friends of the William K. Sanford Town Library

 

Albany Law School National Alumni Association

  Empire State College Alumni Association
  Herkimer County Community College Alumni Association
  Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club of the Capital Region
 

Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club of the Capital Region

 

Past Member, Rotary International

Contact Info:

Phone: TBD
Haakb@colonie.org

I look forward to serving my fellow town residents by working to maintain our quality of life and continue the progress we have made with our budget and town finances.

Biography:

Brian R. Haak has served as Associate Counsel to the Majority and Home Rule Counsel for the New York State Assembly since January 2007.

Previously, he was senior litigation associate with an Albany law firm, specializing in civil trial and appellate litigation, and served as attorney for the towns of Danube (Herkimer County) and Root (Montgomery County).

Before joining the Town Board, Brian served as a member of the Colonie Planning Board working on projects that included the West End Rezoning and the Boght Area traffic study.

Brian served as St. Johnsville town/county supervisor between January 2006 and January 2007. As a freshman supervisor, he chaired the powerful Finance Committee, where he was a voice for sound fiscal management and discipline. He established a system of mid-year budget review sessions and, through his efforts, the county saw no increase in its tax levy. He co-authored a new county ethics law and successfully sponsored extending insurance benefits to the unmarried domestic partners of county employees.

From March 1998 to July 2005, Brian served as village justice for the Village of St. Johnsville . He also served as Town of St. Johnsville town justice from February 1999 to July 2005. Brian served on the Montgomery County Drug Court Advisory Board and taught at the Office of Court Administration's training class for town and village justices.

In April 1987, Brian began his government service when he was appointed the youngest village trustee in St. Johnsville history to fill a vacancy created when Trustee Josephine Terricola assumed the office of mayor. He served as the board's liaison to the police and fire departments and was a member of the village's urban renewal agency.

Between 1995 and 1997, Brian served as Director of Finance, the chief financial officer, of the city of Norwich . During his tenure he oversaw an upgrade of the financial accounting system and improvements to the city's budget process. He served as acting assessor and chaired the economic development revolving loan committee. He also served as zoning certifying officer for the Norwich Economic Development Zone.

Brian served as Clerk-Treasurer of the village of St. Johnsville between 1990 and 1992, overseeing the computerization of the office. He served as administrative assistant to the mayor, effectively the village's administrator, from 1992 to 1995. During this period, he oversaw daily village operations and drafted a variety of village policies. He was also the executive director of the village's urban renewal agency.

Brian is a member of both the New York and Massachusetts bars. He is also admitted to practice before the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Brian is active in various professional and community activities. A member of the New York State Bar Association, he serves on the Committee on Law, Youth & Citizenship and the Committee on LGBT People and the Law. He is an active in the Albany Law School National Alumni Association, volunteering time to mentor first year students and annually judges various moot court competitions.

He is a founding member of the Friends of the William K. Sanford Town Library and used his legal training to incorporate the Friends and obtain the group's tax-exempt status.