Street Address: Thiells
Race: Haverstraw town Justice
Political and civic experience: 2007-date: Town of Haverstraw Town Justice 2006-2007: Village of West Haverstraw Justice 1988-1996: Chief Assistant District Attorney, Sr. Assistant District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney for Rockland County
Family: Married to Jennifer DiChiaro Grant, 4 children; John Michael(22), Alexandra (21), Christopher (19), Emily (15).
Residency: Lifelong resident of the Town of Haverstraw.Incumbent?: Yes
Education: North Rockland High School SUNY @ Cortland Pace University School of Law
Occupation: Practicing Attorney, The Law Offices of John K. Grant, P.C. with offices in Nyack, New York and Newburgh, New York.
Other social media: n/aWhy are you running for office or seeking re-election?
What in your personal, civic or professional experience recommends your election or return to office?
I have been a practicing attorney for nearly 25 years in Rockland County. I have been a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney and appeared in every Town and Village Court in Rockland and many throughout New York State. As Chief Assistant District Attorney in Rockland County, I personally prosecuted and tried serious felony cases including Murder, Kidnapping and Rape cases. I worked as a Special Assistant to the New York State Organized Crime Task Force. I was a recipient of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Inspector Generalís Integrity Award for leading the prosecution of what was at the time, one of the largest public assistance fraud cases ever prosecuted in New York State. I have been a private attorney for 18 years with a practice focusing on Criminal Defense and Labor and Employment Law representing employees and employee organizations throughout New York State. I have litigated numerous cases before the Appellate Courts of the state as well as various local,County Courts and the State Supreme Courts. Most importantly, I am a father of four and a lifelong resident of Haverstraw and deeply committed to my community.
What would be your top three priorities if you are elected or re-elected?
1. Expanded use and referrals to the PROJECT SHIFT and other alternatives to incarceration that emphasize behavioral awareness and correction among youth and first offenders.
2. Continued emphasis on fair, respectful and impartial treatment of all litigants and attorneys that appear before the Court.
3. Continued emphasis on efficient and cost effective operation of the Justice Court.