Long Island University Appoints Christopher Williams
University Director of Government Relations
Former Congressional Counsel to Head Universitys
Government Relations Operations
Island University, the seventh-largest private university in the nation,
has named Christopher Williams of Huntington Station, NY, University
director of government relations. In this capacity, Mr. Williams will
serve as the Universitys liaison with elected officials at the
national, state and local levels, and will manage the Universitys
state and federal consultants.
A practicing attorney, Mr. Williams brings a wealth
of experience in legal and government affairs to his new role at the
University. He previously served as counsel and district director
for Congressman Rick Lazio, running the representatives New
York Office and advising him on legal, political and ethical matters.
Mr. Williams handled constituent services, media relations, correspondence
and case management, speech writing and legislative/issue analysis
for Congressman Lazio.
In addition, he served Suffolk County for over 13
years, holding executive positions ranging from director of voter
information to chief of staff in the Suffolk County Legislature to
senior assistant county attorney. Ultimately, Mr. Williams became
the executive assistant district attorney of Suffolk County, where
he was responsible for the daily operations and intergovernmental
relations of one of the nations most highly regarded law enforcement
Most recently, Mr. Williams served as a special deputy
inspector general and senior investigative attorney for the Office
of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority Inspector
General, assisting the inspector general with the investigation of
fraud, waste, abuse and criminal conduct within the nations
largest public transportation system. He played a key role in promoting
MTA initiatives through government relations, developing relationships
with elected officials and government agencies in the federal, state,
city and local arenas, drafting legislative initiatives and providing
analyses of legislative efforts.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help
further Long Island Universitys mission of access and excellence."
Mr. Williams declared. "I look forward to strengthening its relationships
with elected officials at every level of government."
Mr. Williams graduated from Touro College, Jacob
D. Fuchsberg Law Center and holds a B.A. in political science from
SUNY Albany. He shares his expertise in trial practice and criminal
law and procedure with the next generation, serving as an adjunct
professor at both Touro and NYIT. The New York State Bar Association
presented him with a Distinguished Service Award in 1999.