Metzger selects assistant public defender for top job

Liz Corrado

KINGSTON- Ulster County Executive Jen Metzger has appointed Assistant Public Defender Elizabeth Corrado to take over the top job as Ulster County Public Defender.  The appointment is subject to approval by the County Legislature.

Metzger said, “Ms. Corrado is a highly-skilled attorney and manager—qualities critical to this office that are not easy to find in one person—and she brings the right temperament and vision to this important job.  She is also very well regarded by colleagues, members of the judiciary, and clients, and with her years of experience working in the Public Defender’s office, she will hit the ground running.”  Corrado began her career in the Ulster County DA’s office, has served as a town justice, and gained legal experience in criminal law, labor and employment law, real estate, trusts, and estates.  Additionally, Corrado has worked as Assistant Public Defender in the family court for five years, and most recently, was appointed Family Court Bureau Chief.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Chief Assistant Public Defender Clifford Owens, another very highly skilled attorney we are lucky to have, for serving as Interim Public Defender during this transition period. We have a great team in our Public Defender’s office working to ensure that all persons have the top-notch legal representation they are entitled to, regardless of means,” said Metzger.

The appointment will be considered at an upcoming meeting of the county legislature.