I feel truly blessed and privileged to be Gloversville's City Court judge. Serving in this role gives me the opportunity to give back to the city I was born and raised in. I graduated from Gloversville High School in 1980 and went on to college and military service - spending four years in the U.S. Navy and receiving an honorable discharge in 1988. It is sometimes hard for me to believe that I was coming fast on 20 years of practicing law here before I became City Court judge.
If you know my mom and dad, Norm and Doris Clo, you know I was raised with a work ethic and a moral compass that are second to none. My folks raised me to earn my way in life, and my service in the Navy helped focus that drive. In the 20 years I spent practicing law full time in Gloversville, I appeared in City Court hundreds of times, on every kind of case that occurs there. As an assistant district attorney for 16 years and Gloversville's city attorney for six years, (hired by former Mayor Frank LaPorta) I conducted countless jury and non-jury trials, prosecuting everything from traffic and blight cases to attempted murder.
I now have the honor of bringing all of this life and legal experience to bear as Gloversville's full-time City Court judge. The position fits me like a hand in a glove.
Gloversville City Court is a diverse and challenging court that deals with criminal, small claims, landlord-tenant and traffic offenses. City Court also is a trial court that affords people the opportunity to bring actions without the aid of an attorney.
Every day in City Court, we face head on issues such as blight, domestic violence, drug crimes and quality-of-life crimes. To fully address these issues, a comprehensive approach is needed.
I have made it my priority to work closely with the Gloversville Police Department, Community Service, the Blight Committee and the Fulton County Probation Department to fully leverage all available resources in addressing the issues Gloversville faces.
When all concerned are working in concert to dispense justice fairly and firmly, the issues are most adequately addressed.
Gloversville is an amazing city with a rich history and a bright future. I am honored and humbled to be a part of that.
Gloversville City Court judge