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LETTER: It was a pleasure to serve

One of the more difficult jobs in the criminal justice system (especially one that is as historically underfunded, and with a “part time” legacy, as exists in Albany County) is that of the public defense attorney. I acknowledge Louis Neri and Steven Lydon of the Public Defender’s Office, and John Spencer and Elena Vaida of the Alternate Public Defender’s Office for their commitment to their clients despite very difficult circumstances.\

I also appreciate the service of prosecuting attorneys Thomas Newman, on behalf of the Town, and Assistant District Attorney Ryan Manley.

I especially wish to thank (and, truly, last is not least) the amazing staff of the Bethlehem Town Court: Chief Clerk Karen Creed, Tracie Roberts, Holly Weddell and Linda Yates. They make the court operate efficiently, not only during court sessions but with what they endlessly do behind the scenes. They are incredible public servants. Many attorneys, who have appeared in courts throughout the area, have told me that our staff is the best. Judge Donovan and I can unanimously affirm that verdict. Thank you ladies. It was a pleasure working with you and I will miss you.

We are adjourned. Thank you.

Michael Katzer,

Bethlehem

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