Meet Brian Conaty
Brian P. Conaty is a lifelong resident of the Village of Monticello and is the youngest son of his parents, Phil and Betsy Conaty. Brian attended the Monticello Public School system until 8th grade, at which point he transferred to and graduated from Burke Catholic High School. He went on to graduate from West Virginia University earning a Bachelor in Science for Sports Management with minors in Business Administration, Communication Studies, and Personal Training. After completing his undergraduate degree, Brian underwent a summer internship at the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office under District Attorney James Farrell.
He then went on to attend Touro Law Center serving on the Touro Law Review and earned multiple CALI awards for Best
Oral Advocate, Evidence Law, Secured Transactions, Real Estate Transactions, and Business Organizations. During his studies at Touro, Brian completed an externship for NY State Supreme Court Justice Mark D. Cohen and a clinical internship for Touro’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. In 2017, Brian graduated magna cum laude and in the Top 5% of his class from Touro Law Center.
After earning his J.D., Brian returned home to start his career at the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office under DA James Farrell. Brian was quickly promoted to the lead prosecutor for the Family Violence Response Team, which streamlines the prosecution of child sexual abuse cases by creating a one-stop-shop at the Child Advocacy Center, incorporating the state police, CPS officials, and medical clinicians to prevent the re-traumatization of victims due to repeated disclosures. Additionally, Brian became the lead prosecutor for the Sullivan County Youth Part which is responsible for prosecution adolescent and juvenile offenders charged with certain enumerated felony offenses. Brian also served as the lead prosecutor for the Prison Task Force, Welfare Fraud Task Force, Drug Court, and DWI Court.
Brian has proven himself as a successful trial attorney by earning convictions for a variety of violent felony offenses including firearm/narcotics trafficking, gang-related shootings, and the attempted murder of on-duty law enforcement officers. Brian has drafted numerous appeals and has successfully argued at the Appellate Division, Third Department.
On January 3, 2023, Brian was sworn in as Sullivan County Acting District Attorney
following the ascension of DA Meagan Galligan to the State Supreme Court Bench. Brian has been protecting the public and leading the District Attorney’s Office since that time.
Since taking the helm of the District Attorney’s Office Brian has gained the support of his staff as well as the chiefs of the local law enforcement agencies including Sheriff Mike Schiff, Liberty PD Chief Steve Dagata, Fallsburg PD Chief Simmie Williams, and Monticello PD Chief Rob Mir. Additionally, Brian has been endorsed by the Liberty PD PBA, Fallsburg PD PBA, State Police PBA, and State Police BCI.
Brian is se
eking to continue his leadership of the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office as he is the best and only candidate ready to lead the office on “Day 0”. As he is currently serving in the role for which he is seeking election Brian is intimately familiar with the pending cases and the nascent criminal reforms to bail, discovery, and raise-the-age legislation. He recognizes that th
e efficient and knowledgeable operation of the District Attorney’s Office is of paramount public concern.
As the current leader of the Office, Brian is cognizant of the greatest obstacles we face. Brian has pledged to make our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic a staple of his administration and has vowed to work with the County Legislature to obtain the appropriate funds needed to attract and retain talented attorneys in his Office.