Alex Betke is a member of the firm's Government Relations practice and co-chair of the Municipal/Local Government practice. This unique combination of legal concentrations enables Alex to meet client needs at all levels of government and provide them with innovative solutions to their problems.
A registered lobbyist, Alex has extensive experience working with the Governor's Office, the Legislature, state agencies, the Attorney General and the State Comptroller, along with New York's federal government representatives. Alex's clients range from major industry associations to small businesses to not-for-profit organizations. His work encompasses all aspects of government relations, including legislation, procurement, appropriations and regulatory matters.
Alex established a Municipal practice in the Albany office in 2004, drawing on his significant experience serving as general counsel to various municipalities. Alex currently serves as attorney for the Villages of Catskill and Saugerties, providing representation on a number of legal matters. For other clients, he handles the full range of municipal law matters, including zoning and land use matters under the Environmental Quality Review Act and other regulations. His recent siting projects include a 30-room hotel and 20,000 square foot catering and restaurant facility in the Village of Saugerties; one of the state's largest WalMart stores located in the Village of Catskill; and a large senior living complex to be built in Red Hook.
Alex was elected to several terms as a councilman in the Town of Coxsackie and served as the town supervisor. He has been involved in New York State politics throughout his career, serving as an elected state committeeman for the New York State Democratic Party and working on several statewide campaigns.
Alex's dual perspective as an elected public official and a private practice attorney enables him to analyze issues from both sides of the desk and best position his clients to achieve their goals.
Alex Betke to Lead Training for Planning Officials
May 2, 2012
Alan Friedberg Speaks on New Medical Indemnity Fund
December 27, 2011
Wilson Elser and the Albany Business Review Present a Medical Marijuana Discussion; Elizabeth Grogan Provides Post-presentation Interview
November 13, 2014
Wilson Elser Metro New York Partners Betke, Flannery, Meisels and Spolzino Conducted Symposium on Municipal Risk Management Solutions
December 23, 2010 Wilson Elser conducted a symposium to address risk management solutions for municipalities during difficult economic times.
Chicago Federal Court Bars Expert Testimony Espousing the “Any Exposure” Theory
“Any Exposure” Theory in Illinois Federal Court Asbestos Case
January 12, 2015
In a recent pre-trial ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois barred perennial plaintiff's expert Dr. Arthur Frank and other experts for the plaintiff from providing opinions espousing the “Any Exposure” theory of causation. Subject to this preclusion, however, the ruling leaves the door open for the plaintiff's experts to provide case-specific causation opinions against defendants if such opinions are based on the experts' analysis of the fact witnesses' asbestos exposure testimony.
Illinois District Court Rejects Strict Application of the “Bare Metal” Asbestos Defense
Illinois Takes Middle Path in “Bare Metal” Defense Opinion
March 13, 2014
A recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in a case of first impression rejected strict application of the “bare metal” defense, under which defendants cannot be held liable for the dangers of asbestos-containing parts supplied by third parties. The court instead favored a middle path, holding that a defendant owes a duty to warn in certain circumstances.
Expectation of Privacy In A Digital Age: An Overview of Employment Law Cases and Statutes Struggling to Create Precedent as Expectations Evolve, DCBA Brief, June 2012, co-author
The Patent Reform Acts Proposed First-To-File Standard: Needed Reform or Constitutional Blunder, J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L., 2006