The New York Legal Assistance Group announces the appointment of Beth Goldman, who has previously served as a New York City commissioner and federal prosecutor, as the organization’s President and Attorney-in-Charge. Goldman will oversee NYLAG’s staff of more than 250 professionals”Ž, who work in partnership with 1,200 pro bono attorneys and other volunteers to provide free legal services to vulnerable New Yorkers.

Goldman was the New York City Commissioner of Finance until earlier last year and previously was Deputy Chief in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. She replaces NYLAG co-founder Yisroel Schulman, who is retiring as NYLAG’s President and Attorney-in-Charge.

“NYLAG is recognized and greatly admired for the quality and breadth of the legal services it provides to low-income New Yorkers,” said Beth Goldman. “I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to lead this extraordinary organization and to pursue its mission with its talented and dedicated staff.”

“Beth is well-known as a trusted leader and brings with her years of management and legal experience to this position. I have no doubt that she will excel at the helm of our organization,” said Abby Milstein, Chair of the NYLAG board. “We are confident that Beth will continue building upon the foundation that Yisroel Schulman has successfully established here over the last 25 years.”

Prior to her appointment as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Finance, the agency responsible for collecting $30 billion in city revenue, Goldman served as the department’s Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel. During her 15-year tenure at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, she served as Deputy Chief in the Civil Division, as well as Chief of the Environmental Protection Unit and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, where she handled cases involving civil racketeering, national security, employment and many other issues on behalf of myriad federal agencies.

Goldman began her career as a law clerk for the Honorable Charles P. Sifton at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and then spent five years in private practice before entering government service. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Each year, NYLAG helps thousands of New Yorkers in need throughout all five boroughs of New York City as well as Westchester, Rockland and Long Island. NYLAG also organizes community education and professional training services, partners with over 600 health and human services agencies across the city and spearheads class action lawsuits, which benefit hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers each year. Most recently, NYLAG has worked tirelessly to petition FEMA, fighting controversial recoupment procedures. NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit is one the few remaining funded storm-assistance groups in the city.