Georgia Pestana named as first Latina head of NYC Law Department


The daughter of Cuban immigrants will become the city’s first-ever woman to lead the New York City’s Corporate Counsel.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced during his Wednesday briefing that he has named Georgia Pestana to be the head of the City of New York’s Law Department where she will be the first Latina to hold the high-ranking post.

“I am deeply honored to be nominated to be the city’s 80th Corporation Counsel,” Pestana said. “When I started at the Law Department right out of law school, I never dreamed that I’d be sitting in this seat more than 33 years later. In every role, there has been more to learn, new challenges to take on and problems to solve. That experience and perspective is why I know that, despite being a little bit in awe, I am up to this role. And that’s why I will make other women and Latinas proud.”