Competence, credentials and lengthy professional experience were on display today as Vanessa Glushefski announced her candidacy for the office of Erie County Comptroller in front of a crowd of supporters on the steps of the Edward A. Rath county office building. A practicing attorney as well as a Certified Public Accountant, Glushefski will bring considerable private-sector accounting and legal experience to bear in the Comptroller’s office as she seeks to become the first C.P.A. to hold the position as well as the first attorney to do so since Mark C. Poloncarz, who is now Erie County Executive.
“I have worked hard in the private sector to help people, both as a CPA and as an attorney practicing civil legal services, and I have both the accounting and legal experience necessary to serve as Erie County’s chief financial officer,” said Glushefski. “The Comptroller’s Office should be one that works on behalf of the people, not to self-promote but to seek efficiencies and better ways of doing business for the people of Erie County. As the chief financial officer of the county, the Comptroller should have a thorough, working knowledge not only of financial and accounting practices and norms, but also of the law and legal frameworks that codify, empower and support the office itself. I am the only candidate with this skill set and I look forward to putting these skills to work for the people of Erie County.”
A Certified Public Accountant, Glushefski currently serves as legislative director for Assemblywoman Monica Wallace. In the past, she has also worked for Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner, LLP in Buffalo, specializing in tax compliance and auditing bankruptcy petitions on behalf of federal district courts nationwide. Vanessa succeeded in a similar position with Shandling & Landsman, LLP in New York from 2005-2007 and brings copious experience in tax preparation and research, trust accounting, and other areas of accounting and financial review from that position.
Glushefski said, “A solid knowledge of accounting principles and their application is essential to the Comptroller’s office. It’s not something you can fake or pretend, and no amount of self-promotion will cover up for someone who isn’t doing their job because they don’t understand it. I am the only candidate who is a CPA and has the accounting background necessary for the office. The Comptroller’s office has lost its way and doesn’t have the vision or the personnel to effectively serve the people of Erie County.”
Glushefski has served as Legislative Director to Assemblywoman Monica Wallace (NY-143) since January 2017, assisting with research and policy recommendations related to state budget negotiations and helping to research and draft legislation. She is planning a leave of absence from that post to focus her attention on the county Comptroller’s race.
Up until working with Assemblywoman Monica Wallace, Glushefski was a solo practitioner at Glushefski Law in Buffalo, founding the firm in May 2015. The firm offers full-service civil legal services, including Family Law, Real Estate, Wills and Estate Law. Vanessa also worked as a Staff Attorney for HLJ Law in Buffalo from 2014-15 and brings critical experience with Contract Law and Tax Law from that post to the Comptroller’s race, further underscoring her private-sector legal experience in areas that are important to the post.
Glushefski added, “As Comptroller, I will bring an understanding and respect of the law to the position to better facilitate the services and requirements of the office. It is important to understand the ‘nuts and bolts’ legal underpinnings of how government works and why things happen the way they do. I gained that understanding of the law through hard work and have used that knowledge to help individuals searching for answers to their legal questions, and I am ready to do more.”
Glushefski’s commitment to the community is also evident. Vanessa is currently serving as the Deputy Treasurer of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of NY and WNY and is the Co-vice chair of the American Constitution Society (ACS) WNY Lawyer Chapter. She has also volunteered her time as an attorney in Family Law with Prisoners’ Legal Services and has served on the Board of Peaceprints of WNY.
Vanessa also worked with Neighborhood Legal Services in Buffalo as a Legal Intern in 2013, assisting clients in addressing poor housing conditions and preparing legal documents necessary to bring action against negligent landlords.