Location: Albany, NY

Charles O’Shea

Charles O’Shea is Of Counsel at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., where he practices within the firm’s Government Relations group. Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Mr. O’Shea was the Director of Government Relations for the New York State Department of Transportation’s New York City Region. While serving there, he was the liaison between the State Department of Transportation and all federal, state and city elected officials representing the five boroughs of New York City,  and was responsible for interagency cooperation on transportation projects with federal, state and city governments.

Mr. O’Shea has had extensive experience in the political-government process at the New York State and local levels. He was elected Chairman of the Nassau County Board of Assessors where he served as the Administrator of the Nassau County Department of Assessment and as the County’s Director of Real Property Services. As Assessor, he supervised the County’s first reassessment, in over 60 years, of its 400,000 plus residential and commercial properties.

For over a decade, Mr. O’Shea was a member of the New York State Assembly where he served as the Ranking Member of the Assembly Insurance Committee and as a member of the Ways and Means, Banks, and Social Services Committees. He was elected as an Executive Board Member of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL).

Mr. O’Shea was formally Of Counsel to the firms Feder, Goldstein, Tanenbaum, D’Errico & Arnedos, LLP and Lysaght, Lysaght & Kramer. He began his legal career as a Legal Assistant in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. He subsequently was appointed as a Deputy Nassau County Attorney in the Family Court Bureau and later in the Litigation Bureau.


Richard D. Winsten

Richard D. Winsten, Co-Chair of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.’s Government Relations practice, has been a Member of the firm since 1993, having joined as an associate in 1987. With his practice based in the New York State capital of Albany, Mr. Winsten has significant and longstanding relationships with members of the State Legislature, State agencies, and all levels of State government. He has been a registered and active New York State Lobbyist since 1978.


Counsel to Garment Industry Development Corporation

Counsel to Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), with a membership of 1.5 million employees and 120,000 retirees in health care, public employment, building services, industrial and allied industries


In 2012, Mr. Winsten was honored by the New York Committee for the Occupational Safety and Health for 35 years of labor activism. He helped establish the country’s only network of state-funded occupational-health clinics and wrote the state law expanding OSHA coverage for public-sector workers. In 2010, Mr. Winsten was one of the recipients of the Advocate of the Decade Award from the Domestic Workers United. He was also a recipient of the Freelancers Union Benefit Practical Revolutionary Award in 2010, which is given to those whose vision, dedication, belief, and action have furthered the created of a new system of protections and benefits for the new workforce, and the 2009 Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s Public Service Attorney of the Year award.

Prior to joining Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., Mr. Winsten was the Director of Legislation and Research for the New York State AFL-CIO. In that capacity, he was the chief lobbyist for the two million member labor federation, responsible for legislative program development, bill drafting, and negotiation. In 1984, he worked toward the successful enactment of the NYS toxic torts statute, and in 1985, he helped create a $4.8 million safety and health training program. Previously, Mr. Winsten was the Director and Counsel of the Albany Legislative Office of District Counsel 37, AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. There, he was a lobbyist on issues affecting New York City public employees. He was also responsible for drafting most legislation and was a vocal advocate and a frequent writer of newsletter articles. During this time, Mr. Winsten helped to draft the New York State Public Employee OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) legislation which became law in June 1980. He also acted as chief negotiator of legislation for the New York State Public Employee Conference.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Winsten held many positions involving lobbying, legislative initiatives, union representation, legal counsel, budget analysis, and political action consulting. He was the Assistant Political Director of District Council 37, the largest public employee union in New York City; Washington Legislative Representative of District Council 37; and Legislative Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Analyst and Budget Analyst to New York State Assembly staff of the Majority Ways and Means Committee.

Deanne M. Braveman

Deanne M. Braveman is an Associate at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., where she practices with the firm’s Government Relations group in Albany, NY.  While working in Albany, Ms. Braveman has established valuable relationships with individuals from all areas of New York State government.  She handles all aspects of our clients government relations needs including budget requests and legislative process.  She has experience in all aspects of legislative campaigning including coalition building for support.  Additionally, Ms. Braveman is experienced in compliance with all New York State and New York City lobby registration and reporting law and campaign finance law. In 2015, Ms. Braveman was selected by City & State as one of their Albany Rising Stars: 40 under 40, which is chosen annually and recognizes the next generation of political leaders in Albany.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Braveman was a Legislative Fellow for the Honorable Joseph E. Robach, 56th Senate District of the State of New York, where she conducted research for current and future legislation, speaking events, and Senate sessions.  She also assisted constituents with questions about legislation, attended public events on behalf of and with Senator Robach, and acted as a Representative at meetings of Great Lakes Legislators.

While in Law School, Ms. Braveman served as a Clinical Intern in the Albany Law School’s Law Clinic & Justice Center’s Litigation Clinic where she was admitted to practice under the Student Practice Rule. In that capacity, she represented clients in hearings and appeals involving unemployment benefits and conducted client interviews, fact investigation, and legal research. She also handled case planning, preparation of pleadings and all other court papers, witness preparation, and client representation in administrative proceedings.

Ms. Braveman also worked as a Legal Intern for three separate entities: Disability Advocates, Albany, NY, the Health Care Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, Albany, NY, and the United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC.