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Monroe County Family Court Judge

The Family Court hears matters involving children and families (The Family Court cannot grant a divorce; only Supreme Court can do that). Its jurisdiction includes: Adoption; Guardianship; Foster Care Approval and Review; Delinquency; Persons in Need of Supervision; Family Offense (domestic violence); Child Protective Proceedings (abuse and neglect); Termination of Parental Rights; Custody and Visitation; and Support.
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  • Joseph G. Nesser (Rep, Con, WF, Ind, Rfm) Monroe County Family Court Judge

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If you could achieve one major improvement in Family Court, what would it be and how would you accomplish it?

Campaign Phone (585) 284-1093
Profession Family court Judge
The Court has a diversion program in order to divert not so serious cases out of Family Court. When I began my term, the detention center was bursting at the seams. However, now there are only 20 beds and it is for juveniles who are charged with committing serious offenses. The vast majority of juveniles are placed on probation at sentencing in order to get them services and address their needs.
Currently, I am working with Rochester Police Officer, Moses Robinson and FR-EE (Facing Race-Embracing Equity) members, Mike Bleeg, Sara Passamonte and Jen Perry to implement a School Responder Model in the Rochester City School District. This program is used in only a few states and not been attempted in New York. The objective is to reduce the truancy rate. This program has been successful in other jurisdictions.

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