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    Kenneth P. Litz (CON, DEM, IND, REP, REF) Attorney at Law

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Education Mohonasen High School - 1972; Siena Colloge BA Political Science -1976; Pace University School of Law (Albany Law School - 3rd Year) - JD - 1979
Experience Litz and Litz, Esq - Partner 1980 to date, actively engaged in the general practice of law handling matters dealing with, including but not limited to, criminal defense, general civil litigation, vehicle and traffic, alcohol related defense, personal injury, residential and commercial real estate, wills, estate and trusts, bankruptcy, business formation, workers compensation, administrative proceedings, medicare and medicaid disability; Rotterdam Town Justice - 1990 to date; Acting Judge by Assignment - City of Schenectady and Town of Princetown; Duanesburgh Town Attorney 1986-1987; Schenectady County Surrogate Court - Examiner or Guardian Accounts; Admitted New York State - Third Department, January 1, 1980, United States District Court Northern District of New York, January 1, 1980, United States District court Middle District of Pennsylvania - pro hoc vice, 1989, United States Third Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, 1990
Very early in my legal career I decided that I would like the opportunity to be a part of the Judiciary. It appeared to me to be a very challenging and rewarding position. As an advocate I would argue a certain position on behalf of my client and although I needed to be aware of my adversary's position, for the most part I could approach a matter from one side or the other. As a judge it is necessary to be aware of the arguments, positions and needs of each of the respective litigants, which can be a very difficult task. However, when a matter is resolved, it is very rewarding to know that you had a part in helping individuals deal with our complex legal system which can be very overwhelming to anyone involved. Further, I believe it is important to give back to one's community. As Town Justice I am able to serve and give back to the community that has served me and my family so well while doing something that I enjoy very much.
In addition to my judicial and legal experience, I have life experiences that I will bring to the position as well. I have been married to my wife, Marie, for 38 years. Together we have raised 5 daughters all of whom reside locally and are productive members of our community. We have six grandchildren as well. I have been blessed to have been raised by parents with a strong work ethic and as important, a strong sense of family values, commitment and respect for others. This has provided me with a strong foundation that I continue to follow and live by to this day in the treatment of my family, friends, colleagues, clients and especially those who come before the bench seeking the benefit, protection and help that our justice system affords. I would provide a thoughtful and even-handed application of the law to individual and community problems for all those that come before the bench regardless of their situation, station in life or political affiliation.

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