Harter Secrest & Emery LLP (HSE), a full-service business law firm with operations throughout New York, is pleased to announce that partner Leslie M. Mauro has been appointed to the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Council.

The Public Affairs Council is a volunteer group of chamber members who subscribe to the premise that government has an enduring and extensive impact on the economic prosperity of the community. To cultivate a reciprocally beneficial collaboration between business and government, the council not only monitors legislative, regulatory and fiscal initiatives by public offices at all levels, but also advocates on behalf of business and consults with the government officials and agencies which understand the need for economic success in the Southern Tier region.

For more than 100 years, the Chamber of Commerce has been the leading voice of business in Chemung County. Through efforts in such diverse areas as local, State and Federal legislation, small business concerns, tourism promotion and economic development, the Chamber of Commerce works daily to enhance the economic well-being and quality of life in Chemung County. With nearly 24,000 employees among its 600 member organizations, the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce is the largest full-time, professionally staffed business organization in the region.

“The Public Affairs Council is very pleased to add Leslie to our roster. Her experience, insight and candid exploration of current topics are tremendous assets. Fellow council members are looking forward to working with her for many years to come,” said Kamala Keeley, President & CEO of the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce.

An attorney with considerable background in environmental compliance and litigation, land use and zoning law, and energy law, Mauro was named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Land Use and Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Rochester, and was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Environmental Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, and Land Use & Zoning Law Litigation. She has also been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® from 2013-2015, and is the partner in charge of the firm’s Corning office.

In addition to her role with the Public Affairs Council, Mauro serves as chairperson of the Trillium Health board of directors, vice president of The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes board of directors, sits on the board of directors of Three Rivers Development Corporation, and is an active member of the Women Presidents’ Organization and the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce.

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