History

The New York State Association of Magistrates Court Clerks was organized on September 18, 1979, at Brown's hotel in Lock Sheldrake, New York. There were 12 people present. Constitution and By-Laws were adopted on September 15, 1980. The clerks organized and volunteered their hard work and time for the Association.

First Officers

The following officers from the start are as follows:

  • President, Evelyn Sivecz, Town of Alden, Erie County
  • First VP Sheryl Lipps, Town of Clifton Park, Saratoga County
  • Second VP Rita Cilchrist, Village of Freeport, Nassau County
  • Third VP, Margaret Kopunck, Village of Blauvelt, Rockland County
  • Secretary, JoAnn Dixon, Town of Chatham, Columbia County
  • Treasurer, Dora Schultz, Town of Gallatin, Columbia County

Goals & Initial Actions

It was an exciting time and an enormous undertaking. President, Evelyn Sivecz said The aims of the new association should encompass education, improve the Court Clerical system, accomplish a closer liaison with other departments, Courts and clerks in the state and allow us to be a greater service to our justices and the communities they serve.

By our first conference, we were paying dues of $5 and $10 was the registration fee. The conference was held with the Judges at the Nevele in the Catskills. We had an informal bulletin that Sybil Kennedy issued until 1984.

On May 9, 2000, the New York State Legislation adopted a resolution proclaiming May 20th Court Clerks Day (PDF).

Timeline of Events

  • 1980: Conference held in Ellenville, NY
  • 1981: Conference held in Ellenville, NY
  • 1982: Conference held in Ellenville, NY
  • 1983: Conference held in Ellenville, NY
  • 1984: Conference held in Ellenville, NY. "The Docket' was adopted as our official court clerks magazine. Patricia Coffey was the editor. TSLED (Traffic Safety Law Enforcement and Disposition) was developed and implemented.
  • 1985: Conference held in Ellenville, NY. From the Docket November 1985 by Sybil Kennedy: when I became President, I remember saying to the clerks we had to crawl before we could walk. We've crawled, we've walked and now we've ready to run
  • 1986: Conference held in Ellenville, NY. First Court Clerks annual banquet held at the Fallsview. The judges' banquet was the next night next door at the Nevele. Comm. Patricia Aducci was our first speaker from DMV.
  • 1987: Conference held in Ellenville, NY at the Fallsview. The highlight of the conference was a skit on Dos and Don'ts for Court Clerks.
  • 1988: Conference held in Ellenville, NY at the Fallsview. Patricia Coffey resigns as Editor of the Docket, Amy Harter becomes Editor of the Docket.
  • 1989: Conference held in Ellenville, NY at the Fallsview. The surcharge goes from $10 to $17 for traffic infractions.
  • 1990: Conference held in Ellenville, NY at the Fallsview. Jackie Smith from DCJS exploring court automation. Membership over 550 members. Mark Glick, Esq. and Maryrita Dobiel, Esq. were named attorneys appointed to serve Town Village Resource Center.
  • 1991: Conference held in Ellenville, NY at the Fallsview. Gloria Morse resigned as 3rd VP as she was elected Town Justice in the Town of Wappinger Falls. Bail poundage adopted.
  • 1992: Conference held in Ellenville, NY at the Fallsview. Joyce Mahoney elected President. President Mahoney's goal during her presidency was to strengthen the affiliation between the organizations of the NYSAMCC and NYSMA as well as enhance classes for the new clerks. She achieved both.
  • 1993: Conference held in Rochester, NY. Gala 50s party at conference in Rochester. The jitterbug was the style for the evening.
  • 1994: Conference held in Rochester, NY. As of May, 672 paid members.
  • 1995: Conference held in Lake Placid, NY. All courts required to provide protection orders.
  • 1996: Conference held in Lake Placid, NY
  • 1997: Conference held in Buffalo, NY
  • 1998: Conference held in Buffalo, NY
  • 1999: Conference held in Ellenville, NY at the Fallsview. 737 paid members.
  • 2000: Conference held in Ellenville, NY at the Fallsview. 1st teleconference in Albany with President Richard Szarowicz, Mary Spicalsky, and Barbara Hodom participated along with various state agencies.
  • 2001: Conference held in Syracuse, NY. Hon. Gene Salisbury retired after 40 plus years of service to the bench. He was a very big supporter of Court Clerks and he is truly missed.
  • 2002: Conference was held in Alex Bay, Jefferson County. "E" Ticket (electronic ticket in the development stage.)
  • 2003: Conference was held in Saratoga Springs Association of Towns conference 2 plus feet of snow in the "Big Apple".
  • 2004: Conference was held in Saratoga Springs. New format for Docket - upscale magazine by Amy Harter.
  • 2005: 25th Annual conference held in Niagara Falls. Jackie Smith retires from DCJS
  • 2006: Conference held in Ellenville at the Fallsview. Amy Harter visits Herkimer Co. Courthouse celebrating its 100th anniversary.
  • 2007: Conference held in Westchester, NY. Amy retired as Editor of 'the Docket'. Great Job Amy. Janet Smith is the new Editor.
  • 2008: Annual Conference held in Niagara Falls.
  • 2009: Annual Conference held in the Town of Colonie at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road. Welcome to the Capital of New York for first annual conference without the Judges.
  • 2010: Happy 30th anniversary which was held at the Holiday Inn in Colonie. We are over 1000 paid members.
  • 2011: Annual Conference held in Niagara Falls joint with the Judges. Kevin Reilly of OCA was able to secure salary increases for several Court Clerks. The Ethics Committee was established.
  • 2012: Annual Conference was held in Albany at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road. Celebrate the season with a beach luau, Neal Shoen, Chief Council to NYSDMV was our Key Note Speaker; and our Association welcomed a new member of the team, Assistant Docket Editor Stephanie Timm-Austin
  • 2013: Annual Conference was held in Albany at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road. On March 27, 2013 - The loss of an Icon, Mentor and Friend - The Honorable Eugene W Salisbury - Judge Salisbury was very supportive and instrumental in our association.
  • 2014: Annual Conference was held in downtown at the Hilton in Albany. NYSAMCC celebrate the relaunch of our website and joins Facebook…don't forget to "like U.S. ;)
  • 2015: Annual Conference was held joint with the Judges at the Niagara Falls Convention Center. Kevin Reilly, a friendly smile that accompanied the familiar greeting of "Hello my friend" retires. He will be missed by many and be remembered as the great supporter who not only answered our questions, he supported us when asking our towns for raises.
  • 2016: Annual Conference was held at the Doubletree by Hilton in Binghamton, NY. Adoption of a New NYSAMCC Logo; Congratulations to Janet Smith as she was appointed to the newly created position of Editor in Chief of The Docket. 2016 Neil Schoen retires from DMV. Gillian Koerner elected President. She set and achieved many goals for the association - implementing much-needed technology upgrades, following up on the mandatory education proposal, creation of a mobile office, updating the court clerk manual and forming a closer bond with NYSMA.
  • 2017: Annual Conference was held at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, NY. Court clerks enjoyed the relaxed resort atmosphere. Mandatory training is here!! On January 3rd, we were notified that the Rules of the Chief Judge had been amended to add a new subdivision which will require each court clerk in a town or village court to annually complete a training or continuing education program approved by the Chief Administrator of the Courts.
  • 2018: Annual Conference was held at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid. Annie Raskoskie elected President. Jackie Ricciardi creates the quote: Justice is blind, court clerks shouldn't be, education is the key.
  • 2019: Annual Conference was held at the Doubletree by Hilton in East Syracuse. Mandatory training requirement begins.
  • 2020: Annual Conference cancelled due to COVID-19.  

Past Presidents

  • Evelyn Sivecz
    1980 to 1982
  • Honorary - Sybil E Kennedy
    1982 to 1984
  • Bonnie L. Reed
    1984 to 1986
  • Arnold K. Bronstorph
    1986 to 1987
  • Barbara Hodom
    1987 to 1990
  • Barbara J. Rinaldo
    1990 to 1992
  • Honorary - Joyce Mahoney
    1992 to 1993
  • Lynette C. Lemcke
    1993 to 1996
  • Sharon Wilder
    1996 to 1998
  • Richard Szarowicz
    1998 to 2000
  • Terri Bolt
    2000 to 2002
  • Mary Spichalsky Shufelt
    2002 to 2004
  • Margaret A. Palmer
    2004 to 2006
  • Linda McCartney
    2006 to 2008
  • Maryann Baake
    2008 to 2010
  • Judy Bromley
    2010 to 2012
  • Velma Richardson
    2012 to 2014
  • Julie Gansle
    2014 to 2016
  • Gillian Koerner, Active
    2016 to 2018 
  • Annie Raskoskie, Active
    2018-2020