BALLSTON SPA–Both the Village of Ballston Spa and the Town of Milton found themselves in the position to appoint new judges late last month. Both municipalities were able to do so with confidence, choosing two men with the experience to seamlessly transition into their new roles.
The retirement of Judge Thomas Schroeder, who served as justice for Ballston Spa and Milton is what prompted the need for two new justices. Newly appointed Town of Milton Judge John Mancini said he is ready for the task. The 37-year old was serving on the Town Board and when the position opened, he said it was something he immediately knew he wanted to do. He said he is extremely honored to have been appointed to the justice position.
“I have been afforded many wonderful opportunities to serve my community over the years , I am looking forward to serving the residents of the Town of Milton in this new capacity,” said Mancini.
John Mancini, who came highly recommended by the Republican committee, was sworn in early last month, having submitted his resignation from the town board prior to the ceremony. One of the highlights of his resume includes helping to develop a new town website to improve communication with Milton residents. The site now has more information on town government and community activities which he feels is an important tool for reaching out to residents.
He currently chairs the Town Personnel Committee, serves as Counsel to the New York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, and provides legal assistance and training to city and village officials around the state. Mancini is knowledgeable on municipal issues, including current ones like the environment, ethics and public works. He is also a member of the Northeast Health Foundation Board, the NYS Bar Association Committee on Attorneys in Public Service.
Mancini is a native of Ballston Spa and lives here with his wife, and two sons, who both attend Malta Ave. Elementary School. He attended Ballston Spa High School, Hartwick College and Albany Law School. When not working, Mancini said he loves outdoor activities with his family, including fishing and boating.
“The support of my family and friends has been tremendous and I am so thankful for their encouragement in pursuing this exciting opportunity,” said Mancini.
The annual pay for the Milton town justice is paid $17,187. In order to be elected for an actual term Mancini will need to run again in November.
In Ballston Spa, the village board appointed Michael Morrissey as village judge at the Jan. 27 village board meeting. Morrissey is a fourth-generation firefighter for the village and has also served as the former chief of the fire department. He has been an employee of the Village Department of Public Works since 1998 and also worked for nine years as a police dispatcher for the village. Ballston Spa Mayor John Romano said Morrissey, 49, said there will not be a conflict for Morrissey, saying that the Police Department and Village Court share the same building.
“Mike’s a lifelong village resident who has been so involved in our community. He’s been a 32 year member of the fire department, fire chief, involved in several areas of emergency services and cares very deeply about the Village. He will do an outstanding job as Village Justice,” said Romano.
Morrissey will run for the position in the Mar. 18 election which offers an annual salary of $15,964.