CHEERS - To the Judge of the Year. The selection of Philip Cortese, Montgomery County Family Court judge, by members of the New York State Family Court Judges Association deserves an honorable cheer. In his recent acceptance speech, Judge Cortese not only reflected his respect for his colleagues, but gave us words that should be remembered daily: "The family is our fundamental unit of society. When it is threatened, society itself is threatened." Congratulations, Judge Cortese.