Eileen Powers for Southold Town Justice
Eileen Powers, a veteran prosecutor with extensive experience in municipal law, is our candidate for Southold Town Justice. Eileen is running for the position currently held by longtime Justice, William Price, who will retire this year at the end of his current four-year term.
Eileen grew up on the East End and has lived in Southold with her husband, Larry Tuthill, since they married 21 years ago. While Eileen chose Southold as her home, Larry and their three children, Meg (19), Sean (17) and Molly (15), can trace their roots in Southold to 1640.
Eileen has been an active member of the Southold community as well as the legal community in Suffolk County. Eileen and her husband have been longtime parishioners at St. Patrick Church in Southold. She served as a member and President of the school board for Our Lady of Mercy Regional School from 2004-2015. Eileen served as the Coordinator for St. Patrick CYO Basketball (2011-2015) which offers the opportunity to play basketball to all children from Peconic to Orient. Eileen also served as a Girl’s Softball Coach (2012 & 2013) with the North Fork Little League. She is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association.
In 2001, Eileen was appointed by then Supervisor Jean Cochran to the Town of Southold, Board of Ethics where she served through 2006. From 1995 through 2001, Eileen served on the Board of Directors for The Retreat, Inc., a domestic violence service agency and shelter for victims of domestic abuse on the east end.
Earlier in her career, Eileen was a founding member and lecturer for the Riverhead Town Youth Court (1997-1998).
Education and Legal Experience
Eileen is a 1989 graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. In 1992, Eileen graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in New York where she ranked in the top 5% of her class and earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude. While at St, John’s, Eileen was a member of the Law Review and also served as a Faculty Research Assistant.
Eileen has been admitted to practice law in the State of New York (1992), the District of Columbia (1994), the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York (1996), and the United States District Court, Southern District of New York (1996).
Eileen began her legal career in August 1992 as an Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk County. As a line assistant, Eileen prosecuted misdemeanor and felony cases where she gained significant litigation experience in the forensic fields of DNA, serology, firearms, fingerprint identification, and pattern and trace evidence. In June 1999, Eileen was named a Deputy Bureau Chief in the Major Crime Bureau where she managed and advised 14 attorneys. In addition to reviewing and assigning cases for prosecution, Eileen continued to investigate and prosecute cases. During her tenure with the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, Eileen
investigated and successfully prosecuted several high profile cases, including the Farmingville/Mexican Day Laborer cases and Katie Beers’ abuser, Sal Inghilleri.
After leaving the District Attorney’s office, Eileen served as an assistant Town attorney and Deputy Town attorney before being named Town Attorney for the Town of Southampton. As the Town Attorney, Eileen provided advice and counsel to town officials and employees on all legal matters facing the Town, including government audits, real estate, contracts, land use, zoning, code enforcement, public bidding and procurement, contracts, transportation, tax assessment, the police department and proposed new villages. Eileen was also responsible to conduct thorough investigations, as required, of claims made pursuant to the Town’s Sexual Harassment policy. Eileen was responsible for interviewing and retaining counsel for the Town on special matters including the Shinnecock Indian casino litigation and land claims. While with the Town of Southampton, Eileen successfully argued for the Town in 2005 in Town of Riverhead v. Town of Southampton et al before the New York State Court of Appeals. As the Town Attorney, Eileen managed and supervised a staff of 10.
Eileen currently has a private law practice in Riverhead where she provides advice and representation to clients in criminal, general civil, municipal, land use, personal injury and real estate litigation. She also represents clients before municipal and administrative agencies throughout Suffolk County. Eileen also serves as an administrative hearing officer to two East End Towns and a village.
Since 2006, Eileen has served as the Village Attorney for the Village of Belle Terre.