bopp: Meet the Pardons Board

Attorney Joseph E. Milardo, Jr.
Part-time pardon board member 
Attorney Milardo began his long and distinguished career as an attorney in 1974.  His practice encompasses civil law, criminal litigation, probate law, worker’s compensation law and family law.   He served as a Probate Judge from 1980 to 1987 in Middletown.  Attorney Milardo was appointed to the Board of Parole in 2001 and to the Board of Pardons and Paroles in 2004.  He is the only member to have served on both the Board of Parole and the Board of Pardons and Paroles.  Attorney Milardo is a veteran of the United States Army Reserve.  
 
Attorney Russell S. Palmer
Part-time pardon board member 
Attorney Palmer began his legal career in 1987, concentrating primarily on plaintiff’s personal injury and criminal defense.   He was appointed in 2006 to the pardons panel by Governor M. Jodi Rell.
 
Nicholas Sabetta
Part-time pardon board member 
Mr. Sabetta has thirty-five years of combined experience in law enforcement and security and is well versed in all facets of law enforcement and public safety.  He is a retired State Trooper for the State of Connecticut, and is certified by the Bureau of Justice as a State and Local Anti -Terrorism Trainer.  He is a veteran of the Connecticut Army National Guard. Mr. Sabetta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration, as well as a degree in Security Management from University of New Haven, CT.  He is currently employed by Liberty Bank as a Fraud Investigator.  Mr. Sabetta  was appointed as a member of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, as a member of the pardons panel, by Governor M. Jodi Rell in 2010.
 
Robert Smith
Part-time pardon board member 
Mr. Smith began his career in with the Department of Correction in 1987.  He worked seventeen years as a Correctional Counselor and four years as a Parole Officer.  He was appointed as a member of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, as a member of the pardons panel, by Governor M. Jodi Rell in 2008.
 
Julia Wasserman
Part-time pardon board member 
Ms. Wasserman was appointed to the Connecticut Board of Pardons & Paroles as a part time Board Member in 2009.  Prior to her appointment to the Board, Ms. Wasserman served the people of Connecticut as State Representative.  Throughout her public service in the State House of Representatives, Ms. Wasserman was a strong and effective advocate for the people of Newtown, serving in a variety of leadership positions; ten years on the Newtown Legislative Council; thirteen years as Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection appointee to King’s Mark Resource Conservation and Development Project; ten years on the Newtown Conservation Commission; six years on the Fairfield County Soil and Water Conservation District; as well as serving as member of the Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials: the 208 Water Quality Management Program and as former Director of Health for the Town of New Fairfield, Connecticut.   She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master of Public Health Degree from Columbia University, and is a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia University’s Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health.  During Julia Wasserman’s tenure as a Connecticut Legislator on Program Review and Investigations, she was closely involved in reviews of issues relating to mental health, recidivism, prison overcrowding, and participated in the Garner Correctional Institution’s Public Safety Committee.  Ms. Wasserman is a veteran of the United States Army, where she held the rank of Captain (WAC).




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