On June 25, voters in Albany County will be asked to cast their votes in Democratic primaries for several important races, including two open positions in Family Court. I urge voters to educate themselves on the qualifications of the candidates, because in Family Court, experience matters.
Family Court is a specialized court dealing with critical issues affecting families and children, some of the most vulnerable people in our community. It is not a jumping off point for candidates seeking higher office nor is it a training program for attorneys who have always wanted to be a judge.
The candidates who are elected to Family Court will immediately be pressed into action with hundreds of cases. They will be required to evaluate evidence, apply the law, and make difficult decisions, all while maintaining decorum in a courtroom where passions run high.
Jen Corona is, in my opinion, the most qualified candidate for Family Court. She has real, substantial experience on both sides of the bench. For almost 20 years, she maintained a private practice as a family and matrimonial lawyer, representing clients in Family and Supreme Court. Since 2016, she has been working as a Support Magistrate in Family Court where she now spends every day presiding over cases and making critical decisions that affect families and children.
On a personal note, I worked side-by-side with Jen Corona when she was President of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association. I know that Jen is committed to improving the lives of children and families, both personally and professionally. She’s intelligent, strong, professional, hardworking, and has the perfect temperament for this challenging court.
Please educate yourself about the Family Court race. Our community deserves qualified, competent and experienced Family Court judges.
Cara J. Brousseau