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Mount Vernon’s Adrian Armstrong Confirmed By NYS Senate As A Court Of Claims Judge

Judge Adrian Armstrong at his Judicial Induction Ceremony in the City Council Chambers, Thursday, February 18, 2016 [Black Westchester]

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced Friday that Adrian Armstrong of the City of Mt. Vernon has been confirmed by the State Senate as a Judge for the NYS Court of Claims. 

“I am proud that Westchester resident Adrian Armstrong was confirmed by the full NYS Senate, under my leadership. I congratulate Mr. Armstrong and I wish him well as a Judge for the Court of Claims,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins shares with Black Westchester.

Mayor Ernest Davis first appointed Adrian Armstrong, Principal Law Clerk to NYS Supreme Court Judge Donna Mills, to the Mount Vernon City Court, May 2015. Armstrong was then elected Mt. Vernon City Court Judge in November 2015, where he arraigned felonies and handled misdemeanors and lesser offenses as well as civil lawsuits of up to $15,000. Judge Armstrong runs an adolescent diversion part “problem solving court” for 16 and 17 year olds with certain offenses, incorporating cross-agency off-the-record conferencing, rescue coordination and supportive services, and progress monitoring. The court has made an immeasurable difference in the lives of the young people who have appeared before it. 

Armstrong worked for the Office of the Bronx District Attorney as an assistant DA dealing with domestic violence and sex offenses as well as juvenile felony offenses. In the New York City Civil Court he held the position of senior court attorney and was responsible for all legal aspects pertaining to judges’ assignments including preparation of decisions and orders, mediation of cases and conference of landlord tenant and small claims cases.

Armstrong – who served as a Mt. Vernon City School District trustee from 2007-2010 – has taken a vested interest in the lives of the young people in the communities he serves. In addition to his involvement in Mt. Vernon, while a Bronx resident, he founded an organization called Varsity Sports that he funded himself. It gave any child who wanted an opportunity to play basketball a chance to play the game they loved. 

Judge Armstrong attended Pace University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1990 his Bachelor of Science from Longwood University. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Pace University in Manhattan and Monroe College in the Bronx and previously held teaching positions at Mercy College in the Bronx and the College of New Rochelle. He is a member of the Metropolitan Bar Association, the Association of Black Lawyers of Westchester County, the Mount Vernon Bar Association, and the Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State.

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