Editor, The Spotlight:
This past Friday, Jan. 25, Bethlehem Town Justice Mark S. Jordan of Slingerlands passed away at Albany Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family and in the thoughts and prayers of so many loving friends.
While we lost our Judge, our colleague and our friend, our community can find so many reasons to be thankful that we had Mark Jordan in our public, professional and personal lives.
Mark, his wife Jeanette, and their two daughters, Alexandra and Christine, moved to Bethlehem about a decade ago. Mark established a real estate law practice in town, got involved in local politics and public service, and quickly became a regular at local community, political and business events.
In 2006, Mark began working in the NYS Assembly as chief of staff to former Assemblyman Tim Gordon, who represented Bethlehem. Around the same time, Mark became the Town of Bethlehem Independence Party chairman and a member of the Albany County Independence Party Executive Committee.
In 2009, Mark ran for his first public office and was elected to the Bethlehem Town Board as the highest vote getter among four candidates. Mark honorably served on the Board for two years before successfully running for Bethlehem Town Justice in 2011.
While Mark was a respected, collegial and effective Town Board member, he really found his home on the bench.
As town judge, Mark quickly earned a reputation as being tough and yet fair, calm and yet consistent, conservative with the law and yet progressive with the people. He was held with the highest esteem by law enforcement officers, his court staff and the community he served.
Mark was also an involved member of many community and professional organizations including the Bethlehem Youth Court, the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and the New York State Bar Association.