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Town justices have jurisdiction in criminal and civil matters, and in special proceedings as conferred by law. They serve for a 4 year term and earn a salary of $9785 per year
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    MARY ALICE MOLGARD (Rep, Ind, Ref) College Professor

  • RICHARD A OTTO (Rep, Ind, Con, Ref)

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    ALBERT E RAYMOND 3D (Dem) Berne Town Justice

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    ALAN P ZUK (Dem, Con) Berne Town Justice

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Campaign Phone (518) 728-5296
Community Involvement Volunteer firefighter, Fire District Commissioner, Red Cross disaster public affairs team, town festival, summer lunch program for inner-city children, town library board and Board of Trustees of Upper Hudson Library System.
Experience and Qualifications 35 years as college professor, specializing in First Amendment and Free Speech issues. Experienced in conflict resolution.
Biography Born in Waukegan, Illinois and raised in the small town of Antioch. Attended Illinois State University, receiving both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Communications. Moved to North Carolina and taught at Appalachian State University, then Radford University in Virginia. Began teaching at the College of Saint Rose in Albany in 1985. Moved to Berne in 1989 and became an active member of the community.
Occupation and Special Skills Assistant Professor of Communications, proficient in all forms of communication, including public relations broadcasting and news.
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I am a skilled listener and am able to work with individuals to resolve problems and conflicts. As someone who works every day with people from all walks of life, I feel I am able to hear and evaluate all sides of an issue, and help reach consensus. I believe in equal protection and application of the law.
As a Town Justice, I would want to make sure that anyone appearing in court receives fair treatment. I would also hope that I would be able to efficiently manage the office to best serve the community.
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Campaign Phone (518) 275-6673
Community Involvement *Town of Berne Youth Council 1996-2006, Chairman 2004-2006 *Town of Berne Conservation Board 2006-2008 *Member of Helderberg Kiwanis 2008-Present *Member of Berne Conservation Club 2008-Present *Member of Berne Knox Westerlo PTA *Past member of 7 Mountaineers 4H *Member "Traditional Strings", a Hilltown "Old-Time String Band 2000-Present
Experience and Qualifications *Graduated from Mohonasen High School, Schenectady, NY in 1975 with a Regents Diploma *Graduated from Hudson Valley Community College's Radiologic Technology Program, Troy, NY in 1977 with an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences *Employed Full Time+Part Time at Tri-City Area Hospitals 1977-1985 *Employed Part Time at United States Postal Service 1982-1984, and Full Time 1984-2005 (retired) *Served as Shop Steward for The American Postal Workers Union Local 390 1998-2005 *Elected Legislative Director for The American Postal Workers Union Local 390 2002-2005 *Appointed Berne Town Justice November 2008 *Elected Berne Town Justice November 2009 *Re-Elected Berne Town Justice November 2013 *Member of The New York State Magistrates Association 2008-Present *Elected Director of The New York State Magistrates Association 2013-2016 *Member of The Schoharie County Magistrates Association 2009-Present
Biography Hon. Albert E. Raymond currently presides as Town Justice of Berne, NY, in the rural hilltowns of Albany County. Judge Raymond, who has resided in East Berne with his wife Lisa, and daughters Sarah, Michelle, and Alisa, has long been active in the community with years of service in the Berne Knox Westerlo PTA, local 4H, Berne Youth Council and Conservation Board. Judge Raymond is a Department of Environmental Conservation Licensed Outdoor Guide, and a certified Outdoors Sports Educator. Since taking the Bench in 2008, Judge Raymond has been an active member of The Helderberg Kiwanis, The Berne Conservation Club, The Schoharie County Magistrates Association, and The New York State Magistrates Association, where he served as Director from 2013 to 2016.
Occupation and Special Skills *Town Justice of Berne, New York *Participated in Albany County Vet-Track, a Diversion Program for U.S. Veterans in the Criminal Justice System *Participating in the Town of Berne's Community Accountability Board, an effective alternative to incarceration for Youthful Offenders, and an imaginative means of Restorative Justice. *Directed an Office of Justice Court Support's Justice Court Assistance Program application, resulting in an award of $9,850 for a new Judge's Bench and Security Cameras.
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I have lived, raised a family, and been active in our Berne community for 33 years, more that half of my life. I have spent a lifetime seeking knowledge and understanding, while working with members of our community, our county, and our state towards the betterment of all. I have implemented measures to address a previous backlog of open cases and unpaid fines, and have transformed one of the last "Paper Courts" in Albany County to a Secure Internet "Electronic Court", with the help of both the New York State's Office of Court Administration, and the New York State's Office of Justice Court Support for markedly improved efficiency and accuracy.
With the honor and privilege of being appointed, elected, and re-elected to the position of Berne Town Justice, I hope for the opportunity to serve another term, and work to further improve our Justice Court. I would like to: *Work towards the establishment of a Hilltown Drug Court, to address the unique challenges faced by defendants accused of Drug Offenses who reside in these small, remote rural communities. *Seek additional Justice Court Assistance Program funding to improve the safety and security of the Court, its staff, and its clients.
Campaign Address 301 Canaday Hill Road, NY
Campaign Phone (518) 872-0297
Community Involvement Life member Berne Fire Company Current president BFC Current president and driver for Helderberg Ambulance Squad Chairman of the Woodlawn Cemetery Assoc. Current Town Justice Co chair for the Not Eating Alone Dinners at the Berne Reformed Church Member of the Berne Reformed Church for 50 years Past Berne Town Supervisor for 16 years Past Fire Chief for the Berne Fire Co.
Experience and Qualifications Former Town Justice from 1980 - 1983 Graduate of BKWCSD Graduate of Clarkson University Member of the Schoharie County Magistrates Member of New York State Magestrates
Biography I grew up in the Town of Berne on my family owned dairy farm. In 1971 I was married and built a home in Berne. I have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. I am retired from BKWCSD as Transportation Supervisor for 35 years, and now I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren.
Occupation and Special Skills I worked at BKWCSD as Transportation Supervisor where my responsibilities included training, routing, purchasing equipment, meeting with the BKW school board, and interacting with faculty and parents of the BKW school community. I was the direct supervisor for 40 school bus drivers and mechanics.I was certified as a School Bus Driver Instructor and a 19A School Bus Driver Examiner by the State of New York.
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I have completed five years as Berne Town Justice. During that time I have completed the required Core A and B training annually. I have completed additional courses through the Office of Court Administration and the Schoharie County Magistrates Association.I have conducted numerous pre-trial hearings, and one jury trial from jury selection to the verdict. As a result of this trial my decision was upheld by a superior court. I assisted in the establishment of the Community Accountability Board, and the completion of the grant application for improvements to the Berne Court Room. I encouraged the Town Supervisor to employ the Albany County Sheriff's Department to provide security for the Court Room.
If I am re-elected as Berne Town Justice my goals for the next four years are: 1. To encourage groups such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and local HS Government Classes to attend court sessions and to see the local court system in session. 2. To encourage local citizens to attend court sessions and to see the local court system in session. 3. To continue the Community Accountability Board (CAB). This is a relatively new program in the Berne Justice Court where community members meet with defendants to encourage them and guide them in making better choices. 4. To continue to improve court room security through grants. 5.To continue to attend and complete all required training. 6. To continue the use of the Albany County Sheriff's Department to provide security during court session. 7. To continue to be available for after hour arraignments. logo


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