Mitchell H. Pally was selected as chief executive officer of the Long Island Builders Institute – the largest home building trade association in New York State – in 2010.
He had been affiliated with the Weber Law Group of Melville, New York, from 2006 to 2010. Prior to Weber he worked at the Long Island Association, the region's largest business and civic organization from 1985 as director of legislative and economic affairs and in 1992 became vice president for government affairs, responsible for all governmental and community affairs.
Mr. Pally has also held a number of positions in the New York State Legislature. From 1975 to 1985 he served in various capacities to the New York State Senate Committee on Transportation and the Legislative Commission on Critical Transportation Choices, serving both as chief counsel from 1983. During his service to the Senate, he played a key role in drafting such important transportation legislation as the nation's first seat-belt law, a child restraint law, reserved parking space for drivers with disabilities law, and the Transportation Bond Issues of 1983 and 1979, reserved parking spaces for drivers with disabilities, and others.
He has been a member of the board of the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology & Innovation since 2001; is a member of the Suffolk County Electrical Agency since 1988, serving as its chair since 1997; and is the New York State representative to the Central Pine Barrens Credit Clearing House. He also serves on the boards of the Long Island Sports Commission, Long Island Transportation Management, Automobile Club of New York, and the Long Island chapter of the League of Conservation Voters.
He has served as a member of many other public policy groups for New York State, Nassau County, and Suffolk County covering issues of open space and conservation, housing, and traffic management and mitigation, including the MTA Task Force on Fare Policy.
A 1974 graduate of the State University of New York/Cortland, he received a law degree from the Albany Law School of Union University in 1977. He is an adjunct professor of political science at Suffolk County Community College.