The brand new head of federal regulation enforcement within the Jap District has had a multifaceted profession.
Not solely has he been a federal prosecutor, however he additionally served as supervisor of Brookhaven City, a vice chairman of Hofstra College, and was the quarterback of the Yale College soccer group, throwing the successful landing in a Yale-Harvard sport.
However Mark Lesko, 54, who was sworn in Monday because the performing U.S. Lawyer for the Jap District by Chief Decide Margo Brodie, is fast to level out it was not The Sport — the annual Ivy League varsity basic — however a freshman Yale-Harvard sport.
Lesko heads an workplace of 175 federal prosecutors based mostly in Central Islip and Brooklyn. The workplace works with companies such because the FBI, the DEA and HSI, an arm of Homeland Safety, to analyze and prosecute violations of federal felony regulation and defend the federal government in civil court docket. The district consists of Lengthy Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
“I look ahead to main the Workplace,” Lesko mentioned in a press release, “to guard and serve the Jap District’s greater than eight million residents … all within the unwavering pursuit of the truthful administration of equal justice.”
Lesko succeeds Seth DuCharme who resigned on March 19 and for whom he was the chief assistant.
In his profession as a federal prosecutor, Lesko additionally served because the deputy chief of the Legal Division on Lengthy Island. His most notable case was the profitable prosecution of a rich Muttontown couple “who tortured two Indonesian home servants” they held as slaves, officers have mentioned.
Lesko joined the Jap District in 2002, however left a number of instances to take a variety of different positions — elected Brookhaven supervisor thrice; vice chairman for financial improvement at Hofstra College; and government director of Speed up Lengthy Island, a collaboration of a number of universities and analysis establishments to deliver biotech firms to Lengthy Island and New York Metropolis.
He returned to the workplace in October 2018 and have become chief assistant in March 2019.
Each Lesko’s former and present colleagues and protection attorneys hailed his appointment.
Gail Prudenti, the dean of Hofstra Regulation Faculty and the previous chief administrative choose of New York State courts, mentioned, “His progressive considering and a few years of devoted and glorious service will permit him to excel in his function as performing United States Lawyer for the Jap District of New York.”
Lengthy Island protection legal professional Anthony LaPinta mentioned: “Mark is a superb particular person and a terrific lawyer … who possess distinctive folks expertise [and] will function an distinctive function mannequin for the legal professionals and employees.”
Paul Schoeman, a former chief assistant for the district now in non-public follow, mentioned: “Mark was an excellent prosecutor … He is a wonderful lawyer with nice judgment and a dedication to simply and truthful outcomes. Throughout his first tour within the workplace, he was a standout within the Lengthy Island division, the place he personally dealt with or supervised lots of an important and difficult instances.”
And Kelly Currie, a former EDNY performing U.S. legal professional now in non-public follow, mentioned: “Mark Lesko has all of the qualities you wish to see in a U.S. legal professional. … He’s a peaceful and regular chief who enjoys the boldness of the prosecutors, investigators and employees within the workplace. And the judges and protection bar within the district know Mark as a fair-minded straight shooter.”