QUEENSBURY - Warren County Family Court Judge J. Timothy Breen announced recently he will be seek re-election to a second ten-year term in the November 2009 general election.
In his 10 years on the bench, Judge Breen has overseen a period of unprecedented growth in the county's Family Court caseload, which has doubled in number and become more complex, he said in a prepared statement this week.
Prior to taking the bench, Judge Breen was the first county Family Court Support Magistrate and served in that capacity for 14 years.
"It is a privilege and deep honor to serve the children and families of Warren County," he said. "I respectfully ask the voters to give me the opportunity to continue this important work."
Breen said he believed that his 24 years of Family Court service make him uniquely qualified to meet the increasing demands and responsibilities of the Family Court, which handles matters which include child abuse and neglect, disputes over parental custody, domestic violence and protective orders, juvenile delinquency, youth in need of supervision and adoptions.
Judge Breen has also created and currently presides over two problem-solving courts which are the first of their kind in Warren County - the Family Treatment Court and the Juvenile Treatment Court, designed to address the devastating role that drugs and alcohol play in the lives of many parents and their children, Breen said.
The mission of the Family Treatment Court is to provide services to drug- and alcohol-abusing families when the parents are before the Court in a neglect proceeding. The mission of the Warren County Juvenile Treatment Court is to encourage responsible behavior among non-violent teenage offenders by reducing the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs through interventions and judicial supervision of the adolescents and their families.
Also, Judge Breen is creating and will preside over a third jurisdiction to be launched in fall. This Warren County Integrated Domestic Violence Court will allow him to hear multiple cases - criminal, family and matrimonial - which relate to one family where the underlying issue is domestic violence.
This new model means one family with multiple issues will be seen before one judge, rather than several, Breen said. By connecting one judge with one family, he said, court orders are likely to be more consistent, and offender accountability will be monitored more effectively
"I see parents and children who are going through the most difficult times of their lives," Breen said. "A Family Court Judge has daily opportunities to save a child, to afford protection to a victim of domestic violence and to assist parties with resolving their disputes so they can better parent their children."
Breen said that if he is re-elected, he will continue to make decisions based upon the safety and best interests of the children of the county.
"I will continue to strive to treat every person who comes before the Warren County Family Court fairly and respectfully," he said.
Judge Breen's lengthy Family Court experience has led to his appointment as an Acting Supervising Family Court Judge for the Fourth Judicial District, which covers 11 upstate counties. He has also been appointed as an Acting Supreme Court Justice handling matrimonial matters in Warren County Supreme Court.
Judge Breen serves on the advisory boards of the Warren-Washington Homeless Youth Coalition and the Warren County Youth Court. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Hyde Collection and the Board of Directors of the Glens Falls Home, Inc. and The Glen at Hiland Meadows.
Judge Breen is a graduate of St. Mary's Academy in Glens Falls, New York, LeMoyne College in Syracuse and Albany Law School.