Judith McCarthy joined the New York Power Authority (NYPA) in January 2011 as first deputy general counsel. In this capacity, she is NYPA’s chief legal officer and responsible for all aspects of NYPA’s legal representation. She supervises a 30-person Law Department, which includes 20 attorneys, NYPA’s corporate secretary, the vice president of labor relations and the chief ethics and compliance officer.
Prior to coming to NYPA, McCarthy served in the State Attorney General’s office starting in 2002, and since 2006 was the assistant attorney general-in-charge of the Westchester Regional Office. As head of the regional office, she was the Attorney General’s representative in the community; she also supervised attorneys representing the state, its agencies and its officers in all phases of civil litigation affecting Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.
Some of the noteworthy matters McCarthy handled at the Attorney General’s Office include obtaining a $2.63 million settlement with AT&T Mobility over a misleading and deceptive sales promotion involving rebate offers; obtaining a court order barring the Rene Dubos Center for Human Environments, a not-for-profit corporation, from selling a 30-acre parcel to a developer in violation of the original donor’s intent to preserve the land as open space; and obtaining a court order permanently shutting down the Yonkers Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) after it was found to be conferring peace officer status on more than a dozen individuals, allowing them to carry guns without providing any service to the community.
From 1998 to 2002, McCarthy served as first deputy general counsel at the New York City Human Resources Administration, Office of Legal Affairs. Before that position, she worked in the General Litigation Division of the New York City Corporation Counsel’s Office from 1992 to 1998. When she left she held the title of deputy assistant chief in that division.
McCarthy received her J.D. from CUNY Law School at Queens College, and graduated cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University.