As vice president of Northwell Health’s Government and Community Affairs Group, Bill Cunningham works with government officials at the local, state and federal levels on policy, regulatory and financial matters. He also serves as liaison to community and business leaders and oversees the health system’s lobbying efforts in New York City, Albany and Washington, DC.
Prior to joining Northwell, Mr. Cunningham was an adviser to former New York Governor David Paterson, managing budget, economic development and statewide infrastructure issues, and serving as liaison to federal, state and local officials.
From 2004-2008, Mr. Cunningham was counsel to former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi. He helped engineer Nassau County’s revised Fair Housing Law, facilitated the reorganization of the county’s Commission on Human Rights and was the liaison to the Bias Crimes Task Force.
Mr. Cunningham began his legal career as an associate with Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP. He later was partner, president and managing partner of Meyer, Suozzi, English, & Klein, PC and a partner with Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn, LLP. He concentrated his practice on corporate compliance, securities regulation, health law and white-collar criminal defense. Mr. Cunningham was also an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and served as trial assistant in the criminal division, deputy chief of the criminal division, chief of the narcotics section and chief of the Long Island office.
Mr. Cunningham holds a bachelor of arts degree cum laude from Williams College and a law degree from Columbia University School of Law, where he was recognized as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for superior academic achievement. He has served on the Williams College Board of Trustees and is a former chair and board member of the Northwell Health Hospice Care Network.