City Court judge leads state association


Rome City Court Judge John C. Gannon will complete his two years as president of the New York State Association of City Court Judges this fall.

In his statewide role, Gannon has helped preside over a number of significant issues, including Raise the Age concerns, bail reform, speedy trial reform and possible changes to the legal discovery process. Following his two-year term, Gannon will remain on the Board of the Association in the position of past president.

“I facilitate all the meetings, I schedule all the meetings. I facilitate everything to make sure it all takes place in an orderly fashion,” said Gannon, age 62, and a lifelong Rome resident. He was nominated to the board while serving as a part-time judge in 2010, and has rotated through all leadership positions, such as secretary, treasurer, vice president and now president.

The New York State Association of City Court Judges includes 175 members across the state who work together to improve the standards and practices of city courts, encourage and exchange views on the administration of law and cultivate reforms of laws.

“One of the most critical things we do is we really try to emphasize the facilitation and the administration of fair and equal justice to all parties,” Gannon explained.

“We really want to elevate the standards of all the parties, lift them up.”

The Association also monitors new laws passed through the New York State Legislature.

“To comment on it, to critique it, to make sure it’s something that will be reasonable to all courts across the state of New York,” Gannon explained. “We do have input. The Assembly and Senate have been very respectful. When we comment on things they then take our comments. Do they act on everything? No. But they do act on some of it.”

Gannon’s term will come to an end at the Association’s annual meeting at the end of September. The Association also sponsors free continuing legal education classes at the meeting.

Gannon was first elected to a part-time judge position in 1999, when he served alongside retired City Court Judge Daniel C. Wilson — who Gannon said was both his mentor and had also once served as president of the Association. Gannon was elected to the bench full time in 2013, after Judge Wilson retired.

“I love trying to help people and put them in the right place to make good life choice decision, to improve their lifestyle and make them a better person, to move forward in life,” said Gannon.

He added that he has no thoughts yet on retirement.

“I love working. I love my job. I’m very blessed.”


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