Officials gathered Wednesday to mark the opening of the Richmond County Veterans Court. The special part hears cases of defendants who are veterans and who may have problems with addiction, mental illness or other disorders, and links eligible offenders to treatment and services as an alternative to incarceration. There are now 29 Veterans Courts in New York state, including all five boroughs.
From left, Richmond County Bar Association president Christopher Caputo; Staten Island borough president James Oddo; Staten Island district attorney Michael McMahon; Staten Island Supreme Court Justice Judith McMahon, administrative judge for civil matters; Veterans Court mentor coordinator Robert Mulhall; John Fusco, counsel to the borough president; Richmond County Bar president-elect Allyn Crawford; Sherry Klein Heitler, chief of policy and planning for the court system; Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks; and Staten Island Supreme Court Justice Stephen Rooney, administrative judge for criminal matters who will preside over the Veterans Court.
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