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George E. Pataki, the former governor of New York, and his chief of staff, John P. Cahill, have joined the New York law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP as counsel. According to Chadbourne & Parke, both Pataki and Cahill will concentrate on energy, environmental and corporate matters.

Pataki served three terms as the 53rd governor of New York, from 1995 through 2006. He was elected mayor of Peekskill, N.Y., in 1981, and served in the New York state legislature as an assemblyman and then a senator from 1985 to 1994 before becoming governor. In addition, Pataki was a partner in the New York law firm of Plunkett & Jaffe until 1987.

Cahill served as Pataki's secretary and chief of staff from 2002 to 2006. In May 2005, he took on the additional role of leading and coordinating the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and the recovery of Lower Manhattan. From 1995 to 2001, he was the general counsel and then commissioner of the state's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Prior to joining DEC, Cahill was a partner at Plunkett & Jaffe, where he focused on environmental and municipal issues.

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