Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

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Bulletins - Winter 2014 OPDV Bulletin

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Governor Cuomo Appoints New Director of Office of Victim Services

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently appointed Elizabeth Cronin as director of the state Office of Victim Services (OVS).

Ms. Cronin served as the director of the Office of Legal Affairs for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She was responsible for the operation of the Office of Staff Counsel and Staff Attorneys’ Office for more than 13 years, overseeing the legal work produced by both offices and the day-to-day administration of the Office of Legal Affairs.  Ms. Cronin worked with judges to establish a unique program to handle a burgeoning number of immigration case filings, which successfully cleared a backlog of more than 5,000 immigration appeals.

Prior to her experience with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ms. Cronin served as an adjunct professor at Pace University and has extensive experience as a practicing attorney, including serving 13 and 1/2 years in the Westchester District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney and later being promoted to deputy bureau chief. She is a published author on subjects ranging from immigration law and domestic violence to evidence and the Vienna Convention. Ms. Cronin received her bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and her law degree from Pace University School of Law.

The Office of Victim Services (www.ovs.ny.gov) provides a safety net for innocent crime victims who have no other place to turn for help, providing direct compensation for counseling, advocacy services and medical care, for example, at no cost to taxpayers. The agency’s operations are funded by fines, fees and surcharges paid by certain offenders after conviction in state or federal court.