ELIZABETH CRONIN, ESQ
Elizabeth Cronin is Director of the New York State Office of Victim Services. She was appointed in 2013 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
Previously, Ms. Cronin was the Director of the Office of Legal Affairs for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In that capacity, she was responsible for the operation of the Staff Attorney’s Office and Office of Staff Counsel (Circuit Mediation) and overseeing all of the legal work produced by the Office. Her duties included supervising staff, recruitment, training, budget, handling attorney and judicial misconduct cases, and overseeing the Pro Bono Panel, among other duties. In addition, Ms. Cronin is a published author and frequent public speaker on legal and administrative topics, including prosecuting domestic violence cases, immigration law, and evidence, among others. She served on a number of advisory groups including for the Administrative Office for the U.S. Courts. She is a past president of the National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys.
Ms. Cronin was an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice and Sociology Department at Pace University and taught classes to graduate and undergraduate students in the subjects of domestic violence, criminal justice, criminal law and law enforcement ethics. She also holds two certifications in coaching.
Prior to joining the Second Circuit, Ms. Cronin served as an Assistant District Attorney and Deputy Bureau Chief, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office where she specialized in the prosecution of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and sex crimes. She tried all levels of felonies and worked closely with crime victims. Her experience included handling homicide, sexual assault, robbery, burglary, child abuse, physical assault, computer crimes, and others. She lectured and consulted extensively including with Victims Assistance Service, domestic violence shelters, hospitals, the police academy, and Lehman College among others. She also worked on developing grant proposals and assisted in drafting legislation.
Ms. Cronin served as a law clerk after law school in the Connecticut courts and was an associate attorney for a Connecticut firm before joining the D.A.’s Office and finding her passion. She received a B.A. in Politics from Fairfield University and a J.D. from Pace University School of Law.
After having spent almost her entire career in public service, Director Cronin will continue to serve the public by ensuring that OVS remains true to its mission of providing compensation to innocent victims of crime in a timely compassionate, and efficient manner; fund direct services to crime victims through its network of community based programs; and advocate for the rights and benefits of all innocent victims of crime. As Director, she will serve as the Office’s representative on numerous committees and task forces, including the: OVS Advisory Council; NYS Domestic Violence Advisory Council; NYS Public Safety Accountability Task Force; National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards; and the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators.
As Ms. Cronin leads and works with the experienced and talented OVS staff and the advocacy community, OVS will continue its important mission of faithfully and effectively serving those who have been victimized by violent crime in New York State.