Frederick A. Wolf, Aurora town attorney, partner at the Buffalo law firm of Saperston & Day and former counsel to Goldome during the 1980s, was chosen to be the new county attorney Wednesday by County Executive-elect Joel A. Giambra.
"Fred Wolf has experience in creating intermunicipal cooperation agreements and in helping towns and other municipalities solve problems cooperatively," Giambra said in a statement.
"I am confident that he will serve with distinction and help lead the Giambra administration to fulfill our goal of delivering services efficiently and effectively."
Wolf will succeed Kenneth Schoetz, who held the post under County Executive Dennis T. Gorski.
Giambra also named Susannah Bochenek, 32, a senior associate at the Buffalo firm of Hiscock & Barclay, as first assistant county attorney.
"Susannah Bochenek is one of Western New York's most promising young attorneys," Giambra said. "Her knowledge of municipal finance and her experience in municipal law impressed me greatly."
With the nomination of Wolf, the new county executive has filled many of his key Cabinet slots. Giambra, who is home recovering from throat cancer surgery, will be sworn into office Friday at 1 p.m. in a private ceremony in the chambers of State Supreme Court Justice Robert E. Whelan in the City Court Building.
Other appointments have included Bruce L. Fisher as chief of staff, Carl J. Calabrese as deputy county executive, Joseph Passafiume as budget director, Laurence K. Rubin as commissioner of environment and planning, and Lawrence D. Jasinski as parks commissioner.
Besides being the town attorney for Aurora, Wolf, 57, has been the attorney for the Village of Lancaster and Erie County Sewer District No. 4. He also helped organize the Greater Buffalo Savings Bank that opened in November.
A graduate of the University at Buffalo in 1964 and UB School of Law in 1967, Wolf began his legal career at the firm of Little & Burt, then general counsel to Buffalo Savings Bank, which later became Goldome. The firm merged with Saperston & Day in 1981.
Between 1980 and 1991, Wolf was responsible for Goldome's legal affairs. During that period, the bank's assets grew from $2 billion to $7 billion. The bank ran into major financial problems however, and was sold to M&T Bank and Key Bank in 1991.
At Saperston & Day, Wolf has had extensive experience in municipal, banking and business law.
Outside the office, he has been active in Republican and Conservative Party politics. He served for a time as a member of the Conservative Party executive committee when George Vossler was chairman.
Wolf said he will be withdrawing from his law firm and welcomed the chance to try something new at this point in his career.
"I'm excited about the change and the opportunity to do something different," he said. "I've got 20 years of service in the municipal area and it's an area that interests me."
Bochenek graduated from Yale University in 1989 and the University at Buffalo Law School in 1994. She has been with Hiscock & Barclay since 1994, where she has had experience in financial services, corporate law, municipal law, litigation, and trust and estates practice.
"I have a real enthusiasm for Joel Giambra's plan to change Erie County and keep young people from leaving," she said. "I'm the oldest of five children, and my four younger siblings had to go elsewhere for work. They'd come back in a heartbeat."