|American Dream Show
|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.
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.
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
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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