Elizabeth Gilbride DeSoye
Fordham University School of Law
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Telephone: (914) 703-2100
ExperienceIn her over six years working for the Westchester County Board of Legislators, Elizabeth (Betsy) Gilbride DeSoye served as legislative counsel and, prior to that, as director of communications and policy research. Her work touched on every aspect of the legislative process, from drafting and redrafting original bills, to communicating public policies for both legal and non-legal audiences, to building coalitions of political support, to providing opinions to committee counsel on legal questions presented by proposed legislation. As counsel, her work was integral to the legislature’s enactment of a broad range of laws relating to the environment, housing discrimination, public safety, consumer affairs, public health, government procurement policies and budget issues*. She also supervised law school interns in a County Code Clean-Up project that started the process of updating the county’s charter and administrative code.
In addition to government, DeSoye has worked as an advocate for public interest non-profit organizations and grass-roots causes. Prior to her switch to the public policy and legislative arena, DeSoye was a private practitioner, focusing primarily on real estate, estate administration and appeals relating primarily to labor matters. During her private practice period, DeSoye taught business law for two years to Fordham undergraduates.
*Examples of legislative matters include:
- Right of first refusal on property no longer needed for county use;
- Use of eminent domain to further economic development;
- Housing discrimination based on source of income;
- Free speech and pre-emption issues pertaining to cyber-bullying legislation;
- Consumer protection rights of purchasers with respect to pricing of individual retail items;
- Term limits for elected officials;
- Transparency of government procurement policies;
- Inter-municipal agreements regarding environmental issues, such as storm water and flooding management;
- County compliance with a federal consent decree pertaining to the use of federal housing funds; and,
- County legislative authority under NYS’ home rule statutory scheme.