Jim Maisano is a 53-year resident of the New Rochelle. Jim is serving in his 10th term as a Westchester County Legislator representing New Rochelle and Pelham and is the Vice Chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Jim has his own law practice in New Rochelle and has practiced law for 25 years.
Jim was re-elected to a tenth term on the Board of Legislators in 2015, where he continues to be one of the most experienced, independent and bipartisan legislators. First elected in 1997, Jim has 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 has served on the Legislation and Environment Committees for his entire career.
Jim currently concentrates his law practice on real estate transactions and wills, estates and probate matters. He was a counsel with the New York law offices of Crowell & Moring (2007-2011) and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney (2003-2007) where he concentrated on 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 a member of many civic and professional organizations including 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 being a coach in New Rochelle Little League and Youth Soccer of New Rochelle. He also 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 Elie, 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. Jim and his family are members of Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Rochelle.
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