Hon. Arnold N. Andolsek, Justice in the Town of Persia, attended the 103rd Annual Conference and Certified Advanced Training Program of the New York State Magistrates Association held at the Sheraton University Hotel and Conference Center in Syracuse from Sept. 9-12.
More than 200 local judges from all areas of New York state took part in the four-day event which combines the State Magistrates Association Annual Meeting and Conference with the Advanced Training Courses which are required by New York state for all town and village justices in the Unified Court System.
The major purposes of NYSMA are the maintenance and support of the local judiciary through education and coordination with the New York state agencies regarding laws and other matters affect local courts, the courts closest to the people. NYSMA works closely with the Office of Court Administration to assure the training enhances the professional development of the judges and is relevant to the practical situations encountered in the local courts.
The Honorable Timothy Cooper, past president and town justice of Evans, and Honorable Eugene W. Salisbury, past president and former village justice from Blasdell, were co-toastmasters.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco, who represents the 50th district in New York, was keynote speaker at the banquet. He was presented the New York State Magistrates Association's Amicus Curiae Award, which recognizes individuals other than members of the judiciary for extraordinary contributions to the courts of New York.
Presentations at the event were given by Office of Justice Court Support, City, Town and Village Resource Center, the 5th Judicial District, Peter Gerstenzang, Esq., Onondaga Commissioner of Jurors, Onondaga District Attorney's Office, Commission of Judicial Conduct, Gary T. Kelder, Esq. Professor of Law for the Syracuse University College of Law, Office of Court Administration, NYS DEC Outreach Program, NYS OASAS, many town and village judges, as well as officers and directors of the New York State Magistrates Association.