Jim became the Director of the Westchester County Consumer Protection Department in 2018 – here’s a link to this office: https://consumer.westchestergov.com/
Before accepting the Director position, Jim was elected to 11 terms on the Westchester County Board of Legislators representing District 11 (New Rochelle and Pelham). He was strong proponent of an independent and bipartisan legislature during his 21 years. First elected in 1997, Jim held various leadership positions, including Vice Chair (2014-2017), Republican Minority Leader (2003, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013); Republican Minority Whip (2002, 2008 & 2009); Co-Chair, Rules Committee (2003); Chair, Public Works Committee (2000-2001); and Chair, Intergovernmental Relations Committee (2004-2005). He enjoyed serving on the Legislation and Environment Committees throughout his career.
Jim has practiced law for more than 25 years and concentrates his firm on real estate and wills and estates. He worked with the New York law offices of Crowell & Moring (2007-2011) and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney (2003-2007) practicing commercial litigation, real estate and government relations. Jim also worked as a sole practitioner in New Rochelle (1995-2003) and at New York City law firms for insurance defense (1994-1995) and commercial litigation (1992-1994).
Jim served in the United States Marine Corps from 1984 to 1988. He worked as a landing support specialist in embarkation and logistics. Jim was as a platoon sergeant and supervised and trained a platoon of Marines. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant and received several awards and commendations during his service to our country.
Jim earned his B.A. in history and political science from the City University of New York at Hunter College in 1989. In 1992, Jim received his J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law and made the student commencement address at his law school graduation. Jim graduated from Iona Prep in New Rochelle in 1981.
Jim has been lived in New Rochelle for most of his life and has been a member of the New Rochelle Lions Club; Bronx-New Rochelle Elks Lodge #756; Marine Corps League; Casa Calabria Society; Irish Benevolent Society; Westchester Bar Association; and New Rochelle Bar Association. Jim enjoyed coaching in New Rochelle Little League and Youth Soccer of New Rochelle. He runs a successful Toys for Tots drive in conjunction with the Marine Corps each holiday season and swims each summer in Swim Across America to raise money to fight cancer.
In 1996, Jim married the former Jean Barno, and their son Michael was born in 2000. The Maisano Family has two dogs named Pippin and Ellie, both adopted from Pet Rescue. The Maisano family fosters dogs for Pet Rescue, providing a home for abandoned dogs until permanent homes can be found.