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Albany City Court Judges cover Civil, Criminal and Traffic Courts in the city.There are currently 3 seats to be filled.Terms are 10 years.
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    Helena M Heath (Dem, Ind) Albany City Court Judge

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    John J Reilly (Dem, WF) Albany City Court Judge

  • Holly Trexler (Dem, Ind, WF) Albany City Court Judge

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What have you done that qualifies you for this position?

If you are elected, what would you like to accomplish during your term in office?

Campaign Phone (518) 250-9088
Community Involvement I serve as a board member of Albany Boys & Girls Clubs, United Way of the Greater Capital Region, Albany County Family Court Children's Center, and the LaSalle School for Boys. In 2016, I received the Capital Region Chamber Women of Excellence Award for excellence in the professions based on my professional credentials and my community service involvement.
Experience and Qualifications I have served as an Albany City Court Judge since 2005 and have tweny-nine years of public service legal experience serving in all three branches of State Government. I preside over thousands of trials and proceedings annually, including money claims, landlord/tenant, traffic, and criminal matters.
My experience serving in the position of an Albany City Court Judge for twelve years and having close to three decades of public service legal experience will enable me to continue serving in this position with the highest level of integrity and professionalism. I am passionate about treating people with fairness, respect, compassion, and a commitment to excellence.
To ensure that the court system is responsive to the needs of the people it serves. I am dedicated to ensuring that the Albany CIty Court is innovative and efficient so that justice is carried out in a fair and equitable manner.
Campaign Phone (518) 301-4555
Community Involvement I have provided 1000's of hours of pro bono work. I've been a member of the NY State Bar Lawyers Assistance Program for 23 years.
Experience and Qualifications 38 years of experience practicing law in the City of Albany, including Albany City Court. I have tried over 100 cases to verdict in State and Federal Court,
I have been an attorney in the City of Albany for over 38 year devoting my law practice to helping people in a diverse community. I started as an Assistant Public Defender in Albany City Court and later as Public Defender briefly in 2016. I have tried cases from murder, and RICO to petit larceny in state and federal court. I have represented working families as the attorney for LIUNA Local190 for 10 years. I served as Special Counsel to the Democratic Conference of the New York State Senate in 2003-05 and again in 2012 to 2016.
I would hope that by bringing my wealth of experience that I would be fair and compassionate judge.
Community Involvement Attorneys in Public Service Committee, Co-Chair, Albany County Bar Association 2015 –Present; Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee, May 2017 - Present; Hospitality House Board of Directors 1996 – 2012; Alumni Association Board of Directors, Albany Law School 2016 – Present; Volunteer Coach, National Little League, Central Babe Ruth, and CYO Basketball, 2000-2012; School Board and Parish Council, St. Catherine of Siena, 1999-2004.
Experience and Qualifications Judge John Reilly has had an impressive and extensive legal career, spanning thirty years, that has enabled him to make significant contributions to the legal system as well strengthen Albany’s neighborhoods, help families in crisis, prosecute criminals and represent residents who could not afford an attorney.
I am currently an Albany City Court Judge. I hear and adjudicate landlord tenant, commercial cases and vehicle and traffic matters, as well as DWI hearings and trials. My preparation for the bench includes: 12 years as Albany’s Chief Attorney, where I was responsible for overseeing all legal matters for the City, serving under two mayors; 6 years as a Family Court Magistrate conducting hearings for families and children; 10 years as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting every type of case from disorderly conduct to homicide, including over 50 felonies trials for crimes such as murder, robbery and arson; and 3 years helping indigent defendants as a member of the Albany County Public Defender’s Office

My immediate goal is to ensure that all who come before me understand the issues facing them and how the judicial process works. I do my best each day to provide a positive experience so that all recognize that their voices are fully heard and they are treated with dignity and respect throughout the proceedings. Longer term goals include an effort to secure greater resources in Landlord/Tenant Court, specifically to help tenants understand housing programs available through the Department of Social Services, AHA , or other agencies for short or long term housing assistance. I hope to further develop Vacant Building Court, and bring together the critical stakeholders such as the Land Bank, ACDA, Historic Albany and Capitalize Albany to seek creative solutions to problem properties and I would like to implement a system to assist defendants in DWI court who require substance abuse evaluations but do not have the necessary insurance or funds to do so.
Campaign Address PO Box 162
Albany, NY 12207
Campaign Phone (518) 650-3943
Community Involvement Professional: New York State Bar Association Capital District Women's Bar Association NYS Defender's Association Albany County Bar Association Instructor: NYS Child Advocacy Resource Center Teen Opportunity Program to high risk urban youth New York Prosecutors Training Institute Sage Colleges Forensic Nursing course on evidence in physical/sexual abuse Eastern Regional Law Enforcement Training on police response/investigation in domestic violence and sexual assault cases.
Experience and Qualifications Holly Trexler was appointed to a vacancy on the Albany City Court by Mayor Kathy Sheehan in January 2017. She is a graduate of Binghamton University and Albany Law School. Judge Trexler has a 20-year legal career including serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Albany County's Special Victim's Unit and Assistant DA in Rensselaer County, a Hearing Examiner for the New York State Department of Education and working as a defense attorney arguing numerous felony trails.
Raised by a single mother, I was brought up to understand that a strong community creates strong families. Inspired by my mother and my foster daughter, Caleigh, I work every day to make our community a better and safer place for my daughter and all of our children. Since January 1, 2017, I have serves as an Albany City Court Judge. Prior to being appointed to that position by Mayor Kathy Sheehan, I had a 20-year legal career that included serene as Assistance District Attorney for Albany and Rensselaer Counties, a Hearing Examiner for the New York State Department of Education and working in private practice. The hallmark of my career has been to ensure that the people of Albany and the greater Capital Region have equal access to the law and our legal institutions. I have the integrity and commitment to justice needed to serve the individuals who appear in Albany City Court.
I believe that government has a responsibility to assist people in need. This at the core of my service as judge and my vision for the court. I believes that the court has an obligation to view all individuals fairly and justly regardless of socio-economic background or theory factors such as gender and gender of choice, race and/or religion. The court is in a unique postion to provide help and access to programs that may otherwise be unavailable. I have taken innovative approaches in my courtroom to ensure that Albany's citizens have equal access to the law and our legal system including: creating an advocate program in my court to help the homeless get services and support; and, working closely with other City Court judges to create new approaches to justice for those with mental illness. logo


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