George Guldi
American Dream Show Guest:
George Guldi
George Guldi is a lifelong resident of Westhampton Beach where he lives with his wife, attorney Anne Leahy, and their three children, Edward (12), Niki (10), and Adea (2 months). They live in the home that was converted from an old barn by George's father, Walter, in 1947. The Guldi Family has lived and worked as electricians in the Southampton area for nearly one hundred years. George worked his way through college and law school as an electrician and other diverse other jobs and has been working as an attorney since 1978.
George graduated from Westhampton Beach High School in 1971. In 1973, he graduated from Suffolk County Community College where he had been active in student government and was named in "Whols Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges." In 1975, he graduated from S.U.N.Y. Albany with a degree in Political Science. While attending Albany, he interned in the New York State Assembly with Assemblyman Peter Costigan. In 1978, he graduated from Fordham Law School. While at Fordham, George was a member of the Fordham Law Review and worked as an assistant to Professor John D. Calimari editing editions of his books on Contracts Law.

After law school, George worked for the law firm of Shea & Gould as a commercial litigator with a concentration in complex securities fraud cases. In 1982, he worked as a litigator for the firm of Olwine Connoly Chase O'Donnel & Weyher as a litigator. By 1983, he founded the firm of Scheffler Guldi & Karlinsky and opened an office in Southampton. From 1983 to 1987, George maintained offices in New York and Southampton and in 1987, closed his New York office and moved his entire legal practice to its current location in Westhampton Beach where he continues to represent clients primarily with respect to commercial matters.

In the course of his practice, George also developed an expertise in the area of Election Law and ballot access and has represented a number of candidates for public office in that connection, ranging from N.Y. County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau to George McGovern (1984) and assisting as counsel for George Bush as a Presidential Candidate in 1980 and many other candidates. George has taken many cases to the highest court of the state in connection with election disputes. In 1987, he became a member of the New York City Bar Association Select Committee on Election Law as an out-of-town member and continued to participate in that committee until announcing his candidacy for the Suffolk County Legislature in 1993.

In 1984, George founded a company to redevelop and provide affordable housing units in a rehabilitated tenement building in New York City. The building was the one which George moved into as a law student in 1975. The building subsequently changed hands. A rent strike, in which George participated with fellow tenants, ensued as a result of reduced services and maitnenance. After the strike, George sponsored a conversion of the building to tenant ownership. This project has been created and carried out without any governmental assistance or subsidy of any nature or description and has provided affordable owner-occupied housing in a market with average prices equivalent or nearly equivalent to the East End.

George has also served as an officer and director of various businesses and enterprises, both on his own behalf and on behalf of his clients. Those offices have been with companies as diverse as film production companies, restaurants and law enforcement training schools. These experiences, as well as George's diverse work experiences while putting himself through school have given him a broad basis for understanding issues.

George is active in the local community of Westhampton Beach. He is a past president and founder of the Pine Barrens Sportsmen, Inc. in Westhampton Beach. He has been active in the Hampton Youth Athletic League, where he has served as an assistant coach. He was the Committee Chairman and an active leader of the Westhampton Beach Cub Scout Pack 1. He is also a former member of the Westhampton Beach Rotary, the Suffolk County Bike Riders Association, the Knights of Columbus, and lector at the Westhampton Beach Catholic Church.

George has been an avid sportsman and environmentalist all of his life. He has assisted in the creation of environmental organizations, and the presentation of environmental programs.

George has been politically active since high school. In addition to his activities as an election lawyer, he has worked in various political campaigns, including the campaigns of former Governor Hugh Carey in 1978 and former Southampton Town Supervisor Mardythe DiPirro in 1987 and 1989. In addition, George has served as a volunteer advisor to governments and chaired the Southampton Advisory Committee on Reassessment in 1987-88.

George served as Southampton Town Democratic Committee Chairman from 1992 to 1993. George received the nomination for Suffolk County Legislature in 1991 and 1993, where he is currently in his first term as a member of the Legislature. George currently serves on six committee and was named Chairman to the newly formed Real Estate Committee. Other committees include Energy and the Environment, Veterans and Seniors, Legislative and Personnel, Ad-hoc Committee on Car Leasing, Ad-hoc Committee on Peconic County, and the Advisory Committee on the H. Lee Dennison Building.
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