Mark Weprin ()
Mark Weprin, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s deputy secretary of legislative affairs since early 2015, joined Greenberg Traurig in a law and lobbying role this week.
Weprin, hired as a shareholder in the firm’s Manhattan and Albany offices, said he will lobby elected officials and advise clients on regulatory and legislative issues. He said he also will work with firm attorneys in land use and other legal matters.
Weprin, 55, said he would use his knowledge of city and state government to help clients “navigate those bodies and processes.”
At the governor’s office, Weprin was in charge of the governor’s legislative agenda, serving as a liaison between Cuomo and the state Legislature.
Before that, Weprin served for about five years on the New York City Council, where he chaired the sub-committee on zoning and franchises, overseeing land use and development. Weprin previously served in the New York state Assembly.
Weprin, whose father, Saul Weprin, was a former speaker of the Assembly, said he was attracted to Greenberg for its reputation and its global reach. “It’s not just going to a lobbying shop—if you have a client who may come in for lobbying, [the firm] could handle any other legal issues they have,” he said.
Under ethics law, Weprin cannot lobby the governor’s office or a state agency under the governor for two years, but he can lobby the state Legislature and city government.
In a ranking of professional lobbyists in the state by total compensation and reimbursed expenses for 2015, Greenberg Traurig was No. 7, bringing in $5.9 million, according to the latest report by the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics.