“I am a Long Island native, father, husband, coach and former prosecutor who believes it is time for we, the average folks, to take back our Town,” said council candidate James Versocki. “I am tired of reading stories about corruption, sweetheart jobs to party insiders, and the mismanagement of taxpayer funds in our Town. We need a new start, new faces, and new ideas in Oyster Bay’s Town Hall. I am committed to making the Town run efficiently, helping reduce expenses, and creating the most ethical local government in New York State.”
James W. Versocki began his career as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Office of the Attorney General’s Labor Bureau. While at the Attorney General’s office, his practice focused on the enforcement of a wide range of labor and employment laws, including handling numerous complex civil and criminal white-collar prosecutions involving the construction industry. The prosecutions he handled focused on prevailing wage and wage-and-hour enforcement throughout New York State and resulted in numerous criminal convictions, civil settlements, and the recovery of tens of millions of dollars for the residents of New York State. James was also responsible for drafting proposed legislation and provided guidance to Department of Labor investigators in wage-and-hour enforcement matters.
As an Assistant Attorney General, James worked closely with a wide variety of unions, law enforcement agencies, and community groups. For his work in this field, he was awarded the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award — the Attorney General’s highest award for Assistant Attorney Generals.
Immediately prior to joining Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine LLP in 2008, James was in private practice handling complex internal investigations, white-collar criminal defense matters, and litigation matters for clients before New York State and Federal courts. He also guided clients through regulatory investigations by the New York State and United States Departments of Labor, the United States Department of Justice, and numerous New York State District Attorney offices. James also handled matters for clients before administrative boards, including the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings and matters involving New York City’s Procurement Policy Board rules and regulations.
In 2009, James was appointed to the New York State Restaurant and Hotel Industry Wage Board by then Commissioner of Labor M. Patricia Smith. The Board’s work resulted in the restructuring of the two separate industry wage orders into one wage order with a focus on clear, concise guidance to employees and employers.
At Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine, LLP, James actively guides unions, Taft-Hartley Funds, and Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees through government investigations and advises them on recent developments in New York State and federal labor laws.
James is a member of the U.S. and New York National Employment Lawyer’s Association, the New York State, and Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations. He is also an active speaker and member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, a nonprofit organization dedicated to being a leading objective and independent global source of employee benefits, compensation, and financial literacy education and information. In February 2016, James was named “Who’s Who in Labor Law” by the Long Island Business News.
James currently lives in Sea Cliff with his wife Demetra, his college sweetheart, and their young son.