Sag Harbor Justice Candidate Profile: Stephen Grossman

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Stephen Grossman.
Stephen Grossman.

Stephen Grossman had just finished a fellowship at George Washington University working with the Veterans Administration  in 1980 when, back home on Long Island, he visited the East End for the first time. He wound up renting a house just outside Sag Harbor and eventually hung out his  shingle. For the past 34 years, he has run a general law practice that includes defense work, litigation, real estate, and probate.

“Experience is my forte. I’ve been serving this community for more than 30 years,” he said of his qualifications for replacing Andrea Schiavoni as Sag Harbor Village justice. “I know my way around courtrooms.”

A graduate of Colgate University and New York University law school, Mr. Grossman did graduate work at the London School of Economics before returning to the United States to work as a public defender in Nassau County. “It was the best job I ever had,” he said. “I’m sorry I ever left it.

From there he joined a New York City law firm, but was unhappy in a corporate setting and soon landed a job at HIP, “which called itself an insurance company but didn’t act like it,” he said. In the mid-’70s he spent time working in a Minneapolis think tank before moving on to the George Washington University fellowship. Before settling full-time into his Sag Harbor practice Mr. Grossman spent a short period working in the administration of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.

Besides his experience—“I’ve been in courtrooms for 40 years in all kinds of places,” he said—Mr. Grossman said he enjoys studying the law.

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