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Election Interview: Judge Peter Crummey for Supreme Court

Written By Editor on 11/4/17 | 11/4/17

Colonie Town Justice Peter Crummey is seeking a seat on the State Supreme Court as a Republican next week. He graciously gave his time for an interview:

How does your experience as a local judge prepare you for the state level?

There's no substitute for real experience on the bench as a judge and committed involvement in the legal community. I've served as Colonie Town Justice for 18 years - a court that handles approximately 25,000 cases annually, including criminal cases, vehicle and traffic cases and civil proceedings. It's one of the busiest local municipal courts in the state. At the request of the NYS Office of Court Administration, I've also been entrusted to serve as Acting City Court Judge for Albany, Cohoes, Hudson and Troy. I've also served as President of the Albany County Bar Association and as a delegate to the NYS Bar Association’s House of Delegates, and currently a member of the NYS Bar Association’s Committee on Procedures for Judicial Discipline, State Magistrate’s Association, Capital District Women’s Bar Association, and NYS Bar Foundation.

What would be your top priorities in office?

Prior to being elected as a Colonie Town Justice, I served as an Albany County Legislator, Prosecutor in the Colonie and Menands Traffic Courts, attorney for the Town of Colonie and attorney for the Colonie Zoning Board of Appeals. This combination of diverse public service experience made it clear to me that government must be open and transparent with the people it serves. That's why one of my highest priorities as a judge has been transparency in the judiciary. To achieve this goal, I've routinely made presentations concerning the Court system in local schools and to community groups and presented my annual Gavel Award to a teacher who promotes knowledge of the Courtroom in the classroom. Since 2007, I've also hosted "Benchmark" - a cable television show where I've interviewed more than sixty jurists and attorneys involved in our justice system. If elected to NYS Supreme Court, I would continue to prioritize transparency and accountability to the people.

What cases in Colonie stand out to you the most? How did it impact your growth as a Judge?

Each case provides its own valuable narrative. Many of our criminal cases include elements of addiction and mental health challenges. Those challenges underscore the need of society to develop an environment so that these issues can be addressed before they present in our criminal justice system. Certainly, after 18 years of service as  Judge, my capacity for addressing problems and solutions before the public is well documented. For more information, please feel free to visit or Facebook at

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