Client Engagement, Management and Administration
Pitta Bishop maintains a partnership approach to client representation, readily drawing upon its resources in New York City and Albany depending upon the scope and parameters of the initiative. To this end, we closely collaborate and work in concert with our clients to develop a proactive, yet cost-effective legislative agenda that “makes sense” in both the governmental and business environments. At the outset of representation, we help our clients identify important initiatives and goals, and together develop a strategy and tactics to achieve these goals. Periodically, we assess the effectiveness of our strategy and tactics and revise or redirect them as developing circumstances dictate.
Generally, our representation on the State level is led by Robert Bishop and at the City and Borough levels by Jon Del Giorno. Our efforts are supported by Cesar Cardenas, Theresa Cosgrove, Gordon Forbes, Bradford Gonzalez-Sussman, Nadya Stevens, Matthew Mataraso, Vito R. Pitta, and Tina Ward. Former Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro and former New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano are Managing Diretors and anchor the Ststen Island office in St. George. William Farrell is Pitta Bishop’s Communication Director.
Pitta Bishop’s day-to-day client contact centers around the activities of the State Legislature and the City Council. Each year over 10,000 pieces of legislation are introduced in the State Legislature and over 1,000 bills during the City Council’s four year session. Pitta Bishop has developed a legislative tracking system for both the State Legislature and the City Council. We identify, research, and track all client-related legislation from introduction to Executive action at both the State and the City levels.
In addition to our legislative tracking and monitoring system, Pitta Bishop strives to maintain direct and constant communication with its clients. Periodic status reports and conference calls may be provided on a weekly or monthly basis depending upon client needs. Although we rely heavily on email communication for client contact — taking advantage of its immediacy to address the challenges of the ever-changing government relations environment — we do not hesitate to “pick up the phone” and we encourage our clients to do likewise.
Pitta Bishop maintains full service offices in Albany and New York City. Representatives are available for consultation and action on a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week basis, as necessary. While the firm observes traditional business hours and most New York State and New York City government/legal holidays, its staff members are always available by phone and/or e-mail. Additionally, Pitta Bishop representatives are personally available when the New York State legislature and New York City Council is in session.