Besides elder law attorney and former assemblywoman, you can add to Ann-Margaret Carrozza’s resume the title of “media darling.”
Carrozza, who served in the Assembly for 14 years from Bayside, is now the regular legal contributor to “Entertainment Tonight” on CBS and provides legal commentary for the local NBC affiliate.
“I’m on television once or twice a week,” Carrozza said. “Most recently it was covering the Alex Baldwin stalking case, which was very interesting.”
The attorney, whose main office is in Bayside, believes television is an extension of her talking to people about legal issues. But her first love and priority remains elder law.
“There is a demand for elder law; an awareness that we need more than a simple will and how to pay for long-term care,” she said.
Carrozza, who lives in Glen Head, said her TV experience began while she was in office from 1996 to 2010 with a show on Queens Public Television she hosted on senior and other legal issues. “Then the Huffington Post asked me to do a blog on legal issues once a week,” she said.
Later, Chuck Scarborough of WNBC News reached out and did an elder law and asset planning segment with Carrozza. That was followed by a piece on pre-nuptuals on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“Then it had a life of its own,” she said of her TV career, which she indicated has not interfered with her legal work or as mom to two sons, ages 7 and 11.
“Leaving the Assembly freed up a lot of time for me because I traveled back and forth from Albany each day to be with my children,” she said. “It became unworkable.”
Carrozza said she has not added to her wardrobe for her TV appearances. “I’m still the same me. Maybe a few people recognize me in Bayside but that’s about it,” she noted. “I’ve had no negative feedback.”
The busy attorney also serves on several boards including those of Alma Bank, United Adult Ministries, SNAP and the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation.
Earlier this month, she received the Community Merit Award from the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce.
Carrozza was replaced in the Assembly by fellow Democrat Ed Braunstein. She announced her decision not to seek re-election in 2010 after being dogged by talk that she had been living in Glen Head and not in her Queens district.
She indicated that the move was only temporary until she and her family could get into a larger home they owned in Queens.