Governor Cuomo Appoints Prominent Attorney Brian D. Obergfell to CUNY Board of Trustees

Brian D. Obergfell, an attorney with extensive background in banking, real estate and commercial finance and a Brooklyn resident was unanimously confirmed last week by the New York Senate as a Trustee of The City University of New York.

Governor Cuomo nominated Mr. Obergfell for the non-salaried position as the successor for Mr. Sam Sutton, whose term expired.

Trustee Obergfell is a senior partner in Emmet, Marvin & Martin LLP, the New York City law firm where he has worked since 1985. He is admitted to practice in New York State and, since 2010, in England and Wales. He graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Communications in 1979 and from New York Law School with a J.D. in 1985.  He has been a permanent trustee of the Heisman Trophy Trust since 2001, was a trustee of the Leake & Watts Children’s House in 2009 and served on the New York State Banking Board from 2007 through 2011.

CUNY Board Chairperson Benno Schmidt welcomed Trustee Obergfell at the June 25 regular CUNY Board of Trustees meeting and commended his long-standing support for and commitment to education.

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