My Fellow Citizens,
Earlier this year, I was appointed by the Guilderland Town Board as Town Justice to fill a vacancy created when the previous Justice unexpectedly resigned. The Board selected me out of 14 candidates for my experience, my temperament, and my ability to serve. I was their first choice for Town Justice.
I have over 25 years of experience as a practicing attorney and trial lawyer. I have handled jury trials, in complex cases, in court rooms all over the Capital District. But, Guilderland is my home. My family moved to Guilderland when I was only 5 years old. I attended Westmere Elementary School, Farnsworth Middle School and graduated from Guilderland High School in 1982. I then enrolled at Syracuse University, where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree. I then went on to receive my law degree from Albany law School in 1989, and I passed the Bar exam on my first try and was admitted to practice in 1990.
I began my legal career as an intern under Albany County District Attorney Sol Greenberg. After completing law school, I joined a large law firm in Albany, NY where I practiced in the civil litigation department. In 2000, along with my father, Eugene Napierski, my brother, Gene Napierski, and two other attorneys, we formed the firm of Napierski, VanDenburgh, Napierski and O’Connor, LLP on Washington Avenue Ext., Albany NY. We have been in business for 18 years and our practice has grown and prospered. We now have a staff of 24, including 13 attorneys. We have been given the highest rating for ethics and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell.
My lengthy experience as a trial attorney prepared me to immediately assume the responsibilities of Town Justice. Not only do I bring crucial courtroom experience, but I believe I have the personal characteristics that a judge must possess; honesty, impartiality, civility, compassion, fairness, and a strong work ethic.
In selecting a Town Justice the public should consider whether the candidate has the right qualifications for the job. A Town Justice should have the legal experience and ability to understand and apply the law in order to make tough decisions in a timely manner. A Town Justice should be committed to being fair, civil, open minded and respectful to the public, court personnel and law enforcement. A Town Justice must be impartial and not allow their judgment to be influenced by race, gender, socio-economic class or political affiliation. A Town Justice must have extensive experience with the legal system to enable them to handle a heavy caseload and a busy court. A Town Justice should have roots in the community they serve. I believe that out of all the candidate, that I am the most qualified.
My goal as your Town Justice is to serve the citizens of the Town of Guilderland by using my experience with the legal system and my knowledge of the law to perform the duties of the Town Justice in a competent, ethical and impartial manner. My intention is to serve our community and increase the public confidence in our legal system and our Town government.
I have never before run for elected office. However, when I learned of the vacancy for Town Justice, I felt I had something important to offer my community and that now was the right time to step forward.
I am humbled and honored to serve as your Town Justice. I am running for Guilderland Town Judge and I am asking for your vote.