GARDEN CITY, NY – Gotham Government Relations Partners Brad Gerstman and David Schwartz welcome Charles “Chuck” Ribando as a new Partner of Safety & Security Division for Gotham Government Relations and Communications LLC.
Chuck has had a distinguished 30-year career in public service recognized for his successful leadership in government administration, public safety and law enforcement. Providing a wide breadth of functions for a number of agencies, Chuck has an in-depth comprehension of agency needs in assessment, planning, investigation methods, and project management at all levels. He is a leader in investigation methodologies from local street and violent crime to global terrorism and corruption. He has also spearheaded investigations in foreign lands, critical hostage negotiations and high-profile crime and terrorism investigations.
Chuck was appointed as Nassau County’s Deputy County Executive for Public Safety in 2015. Prior to his appointment under the County Executive, Mr. Ribando managed investigations for the Nassau County District Attorney, originally as the Chief investigator and then as Executive Chief of the DA’s Investigative Division. He has noted achievements in handling high priority cases and interagency activities and is also responsible for creation of the Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit and the Human Trafficking Task Force, Gun Task Force and Witness Protection Unit. Chuck also has extensive background in areas such as homicide and special victim’s investigations, law enforcement computing systems, and gang investigations.
From 2003-2006, as Supervisor of Detectives and Federal Agents for the NYPD’s FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task force, holding National Top Secret and SCI clearances, Chuck coordinated international investigations between many agencies, including the FBI, CIA, US Attorneys, DOD and US State Department, among others.
Mr. Ribando will lead Gotham’s Safety & Security Division, which (GSS) offers corporations, individuals, and governments a full platform of investigative, domestic and international issue resolution and crisis management services. GSS works collaboratively with clients to identify needs and tailors individual solutions that are comprehensive, exacting, and cost-effective.
The Safety & Security Division will also provide effective corporate investigations, whether it be inside or outside of a company. Mr. Ribando will lead the team to identify and mitigate any risk for each client through a carefully crafted approach to promote transparency and compliance. Services will include internal assessments, risk management analysis, screenings, and undercover investigations.
Chuck will also work with Gotham’s sister law firm, Gerstman Schwartz LLP, on investigations relating to the criminal and civil litigation practice areas.
It’s very exciting to have Chuck join our team,” co-founding Gotham Partner Brad Gerstman said. “Chuck brings dedicated years of service in local, state, federal, and even overseas investigations. I look forward to working with him to expand our practice to new heights.”
“Chuck has worked on many high profile cases throughout his career, so it is an honor to have him lead Gotham’s Safety & Security Division” commented co-founding Gotham Partner David Schwartz. “He will bring key insight into politics and surveillance, especially for our international clients.”
Chuck has regularly been engaged to advise teams and to speak on this broad spectrum of expertise including his focus on collaborative government administration. He has repeatedly received recognition for his institution of processes that ensure more collaborative services, not only in public safety, but across all agencies.
One of New York’s most vibrant and fastest-growing government relations firms, Gotham Government Relations & Communications, provides lobbying, advocacy, public relations, social media, strategic planning and consulting services to its clients. Gotham offers its clients forward-thinking strategies that tap into political trends and opportunities. The work of its partners has resulted in shaping public policy on a number of key matters, including business advocacy and strategy; land use; special education and charitable causes. Gotham Government Relations has offices in Long Island, New York City, Albany and Washington, DC.