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Sara Bostwick

Sara Bostwick focuses her practice on education law and employment discrimination.  Ms. Bostwick received her BBA from Hofstra University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and her Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law.

Prior to joining the Law Office of Steven Morelli, Ms. Bostwick worked for a prominent New York City Law firm where she advised her clients in employment discrimination matters, traveled around the country to represent them and negotiated multi-million dollar settlements on their behalf.

Ms. Bostwick is passionate about protecting the rights of children to ensure that each child receives the proper services and accommodations in public and private school settings under federal and state law.

 

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Robert V. Fallarino

 Attorney Robert V. Fallarino of Pegalis and Erickson, LLC, has more than 25 years’ experience leading medical malpractice litigation, complex labor law, and product defect litigation.  In 2012, he obtained the fourth highest verdict in New York State for medical negligence, and a top ten verdict overall.

Robert Fallarino has dedicated his career to compassionately helping people who have endured life altering and catastrophic injuries. He strives to resolve matters in the most advantageous setting for his clients, whether that means obtaining a jury verdict, a court conference settlement, or by use of a mediator.  Time and again, Fallarino has resolved cases for millions of dollars for patients who have been victims of medical negligence across NY State and around the nation including in North Carolina, Nebraska, Idaho, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Fallarino ensures his clients from all walks of life feel comfortable with every aspect of the legal proceedings, and confident of the decisions throughout the legal process.

Fallarino is also active in community matters. He currently serves as the vice president of the East Williston Union Free School District Board of Education, and has served on the board since 2009. He previously volunteered to serve the public as a prosecuting attorney for The Village of Floral Park. To fulfill his professional and community service roles, he relies on his wife, Carmel, and his sons, who are life-long residents of Long Island, NY.

Fallarino is admitted to practice law in New York, North Carolina and the District of Columbia, as well as in the Federal Courts for Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of New York State Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Nassau County Bar Association, Washington D.C. Bar Association, and American Association for Justice.  Fallarino obtained his law degree (J.D.) from St. John’s University School of Law.  He graduated magna cum laude from St. Johns University with a bachelor’s degree in government and politics, and was a St. Thomas More Scholar at the law school.

 

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Scott Zuckerman

Scott Zuckerman has dedicated his career to helping people generate wealth, maximize the value of their assets and realize their financial goals. This focused determination led Scott to form Wexford Financial Strategies, a company built on comprehensive financial analysis and superior customer service.  As President and CEO, Scott has modeled his company on the belief that the importance of planning, not product should be used to meet the needs of clients within an ever complex financial world.

Scott maintains his designations as a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Certified Fund Specialist (CFS®) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and holds both Series 7 and Series 66 securities registrations. Scott also is an investment advisor representative with MML Investors Services LLC.

As a CFS®, Scott’s designation allows him to construct and monitor portfolios, develop income strategies, and assist with retirement account design. His training also gives him insight when analyzing various risks and the tax implications involved in achieving short and long range investment goals.  As a CLU®, Scott is able to provide strategies on a variety of financial topics to both individuals and business owners. These include life insurance, health and long term medical insurance, disability income, pension planning, investment opportunities, estate planning, and group benefits.

Scott’s commitment to furthering his education and keeping a fresh perspective in the financial world, recently led him to achieve the designation of Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC®).  This advanced certification is currently held by a limited number of financial planners and as a ChSNC®, Scott is positioned to provide professional advice in estate and tax planning concepts, special needs trusts, and various government programs (SSI and Medicaid) to families caring for people with disabilities. Tailoring a comprehensive financial plan to meet the needs of two generations requires a thorough knowledge of the financial industry as well as an understanding of the emotional dynamics involved.  Scott possesses the background and skills necessary to address this and to further diversify his firm’s value to his clients and the overall community.

Scott resides in Long Island, New York with his wife and 2 sons.  In his spare time, Scott practices Mixed Martial arts and holds a Black Belt in Karate as well as his certification in Mixed Martial Arts Instruction.  He’s an avid networker and one of the founding members of “LIPOD,” a Long Island Networking Group as well as a founding member of “Signature Networking Group” in Manhattan. Scott continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization, “Let All the Children Play.” He’s an active fund-raiser and longtime supporter of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.  Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, from Syracuse University.

 

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Barton P. Levine

For more than 30 years, Bart Levine has been the principal member of the Law Offices of Barton P. Levine.  Mr. Levine specializes in estate planning, probate and estate administration, bankruptcy representation, special needs planning, Medicaid planning, guardianship representation, elder law representations and real estate representation.

Mr. Levine presents free educational seminars to the public throughout the greater New York City metropolitan area.  These seminars are intended to educate the public about the importance of proper estate planning.  Seminar topics include Basic Estate Planning, Asset Protection, Special Needs Planning, Medicaid Planning, and Estate Planning for the GLBT Community, IRA Planning and many others.

Mr. Levine also presents continuing education courses to the professional community.

Mr. Levine has been a member of the New York Bar since 1973.  Mr. Levine is also admitted to practice law before the federal courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  Mr. Levine is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA) and the New York City Bar Association.

 

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Kathleen M. Feeley

Dr. Kathleen M. Feeley is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Special Education and Literacy at LIU Post. She is also the Founding Director of the Center for Community Inclusion whose mission is to provide resources to families, professionals, LIU students, and the community at large as they support individuals with disabilities within inclusive settings. The Center for Community Inclusion houses the Long Island Parent Center, funded by the New York State Education Department to provide families of students with disabilities with knowledge and resources so they can be actively engaged in their children’s education. Dr. Feeley’s research addresses the communicative needs of young children with developmental disabilities, and she currently provides technical assistance to several school districts as they successfully include student with intellectual disabilities within general education classrooms.

 

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Dr. Cecilia Yee and Dr. Susan Cunningham

Dr. Cecilia Yee and Dr. Susan Cunningham, chiropractors for over 20 years, have been featured many times on News12 highlighting the many patients helped by NAET.  They have separate practices but unite in their efforts to educate the public about this breakthrough healing technique.

 

Carolyn Gammerman

Carolyn Gammerman, M.S. in Education, is the Director of the Long Island Early Childhood Direction Center, which provides free and confidential information, referrals and workshops to parents, professionals and school districts who have concerns about young children from birth to five years to age. The LI ECDC is funded through the NYS Education Department, and is hosted by Variety Child Learning Center.  Prior to her current position, Carolyn worked as a classroom teacher in a preschool special education program, and as a SEIT teacher in mainstream preschool programs.

 

Stacey Astachovsky

Stacey Astachovsky is the Education Specialist/Social Worker for the Family Advocacy Information and Referral (FAIR) Program at FEGS Health & Human Services. The FAIR Program helps parents and professionals learn to navigate systems and gain access to benefits, entitlements and services, becoming stronger advocates for the children with special needs in their care.  Through the FAIR Program, Ms. Astachovsky has served as a member of the Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi’s “Roadmap for Autism” Coalition, including the sub-committee for Family Support Services and the Long Island Coalition for Autism. She currently serves on the Interagency Coordinated Council of Long Island, both Nassau and Suffolk Interagency Transition Teams including the Self Determination sub-committee through BOCES’ RSE-TASC. Ms. Astachovsky acts as a FEGS Health & Human Services representative on the UJA-Federation of New York’s Disabilities Task Force and the Long Island Differentiated Abilities Round Table (LIDART). Ms. Astachovsky serves as a Board Member for Changing Hands, a not-for-profit assisting individuals with “differentiated abilities” gain self-worth through community involvement. She is the recipient of the Laura E. Wagman Memorial Award in 2007, and a three time nominee for the Zella E. Bronfman Award in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Ms. Astachovsky’s previous experience includes working with families coping with a range of needs including learning, developmental, physical and mental disabilities; substance abuse; homelessness and forensic and criminal matters in the family and juvenile justice court systems.  Ms. Astachovsky earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Monmouth University and her Master’s in Science from the School of Social Work at Columbia University.

 

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Vivian Garrastegui, Esq., SCHNEIDER & GARRASTEGUI PLLC

Vivian Garrastegui is an attorney with over 27 years of experience in the areas of Asset Protection, Estate Planning, Guardianship Proceedings, Special Needs Planning, Medicaid Planning, Medicaid Fair Hearings, Elder Law, Real Estate, Social Security Disability, and Probate and Administration Proceedings. She has been appointed by the Appellate Division of the First and Second Departments as a Court Examiner, Court Evaluator, Guardian, and attorney for the Incapacitated Person in Guardianship proceedings.

Ms. Garrastegui frequently presents free seminars to the public on various topics including Asset Protection, Medicaid, Special Needs Planning, and Trusts and Estates. She is also a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education programs for colleagues of the Bar.

With a main office in Melville and satellite offices in Hauppauge, Uniondale, and New York City she serves clients in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn, New York, and Bronx counties. If clients are not able to meet with her in any of her offices, home visits are available. Additionally, Ms. Garrastegui is fluent in Spanish.

Ms. Garrastegui received her J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Association, and Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association.

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