Tuesday, November 16, 1999

Bronster partner
in law firm

By Pat Omandam


Former state Attorney General Margery Bronster will begin a new job next month as a partner in a downtown law firm.

Starting Dec. 1, Bronster will join the law firm of Crabtree & Hoshibata, which will be renamed Bronster Crabtree & Hoshibata.

Her work will focus on general and complex civil litigation, with an emphasis in representing trust beneficiaries, attorney Jeff Crabtree said yesterday.

Crabtree said he has known Bronster for many years and both decided to form the partnership after the Senate last year refused to confirm her reappointment to a second term, as well as the reappointment of Earl Anzai as state budget director.

The rejections have put some senators at odds with Gov. Ben Cayetano, who recommended their reappointments.

Anzai is now acting attorney general and must face Senate confirmation to be attorney general after the Legislature convenes its new session in January.

Cayetano yesterday said he wants Bronster to remain active in state government, and has appointed her to a tobacco advisory commission that will decide how to spend the state's settlement with the tobacco industry.

The state is estimated to receive $1.38 billion over the next 25 years.

The state should be grateful for Bronster's work as attorney general, Cayetano said.

"She is a typical example of the kind of people that we've had in our Cabinet who have made significant financial sacrifices to do the public's work," he said.

"And her leaving the state government was, I think, the people's loss as far as I'm concerned."

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