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Putnam County Bar Association
Town Justice Christi J. Acker, 50, is currently running for the Supreme Court in the Ninth Judicial District and is presently serving her 10th year presiding over the Pine Plains Town Justice Court in Dutchess County. She also serves as a Principal Court Attorney to County Court/Acting Supreme Court Justice James T. Rooney in Putnam County. She graduated from Villanova University School of Law and started practicing in 1992.
Her two-year term as the President of the Putnam County Bar Association began in January.
Acker said that the 90-member bar association is a relatively small organization which is currently striving to remain relevant to its members. The group will be focused on organising various events to facilitate social interactions between its members, providing high school scholarships and preparing for their annual dinner on Oct. 12. The association is also concerned with ensuring the presence of counsel at every criminal arraignment and increasing their membership.
"Although the legal community in Putnam County is small, there is plenty of talent, intellect and professionalism," said Acker. "It has been a pleasure to work in the community for the past 25 years." Additional officers are first vice president Faye Thorpe; second vice president Stamatia Dewbury; secretary Kathy M. Valletta; and treasurer Hon. Thomas Jacobellis.
–New York Law Journal, July 11, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DUTCHESS DEMS ANNOUNCE TWO MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS
March 4, 2017, Poughkeepsie, New York
Members of the Dutchess County Democratic Committee met today and endorsed Judge Christi Acker for NYS Supreme Court Judge and business owner and seasoned accountant Robin Lois for County Comptroller in the November elections.
Acker, a Town Justice in Pine Plains for nine years and Principal Court Attorney to Acting Supreme Court Justice James Rooney since 2001, has deep experience with the various cases that appear before Justice courts – misdemeanors, traffic violations, code offenses, small claims – as well as at the Supreme Court level – felony criminal offenses, family/domestic violence, civil and Surrogate’s. Acker was elected to her third term as town magistrate in 2015, receiving both the Republican and Democratic lines. Prior to serving in public office, Judge Acker was in private practice for eight years.
Lois, with 30 years of experience in accounting, finance, budgeting and internal monetary control systems, owns and operates two local businesses and holds an MBA. A Hudson Valley native, Lois was an Operations Manager and Director of Accounting for two Fortune 500 firms as well as the Accounting Manager for a start-up tech company in Manhattan, before returning home to the area to start a business and a family. Lois is also a former auditor with years of practice in examining complex financial statements.
“I love the practice of law and am committed to justice,” said Acker. “And it’s important to keep this seat held by a Dutchess County resident.” Acker is seeking to replace retiring Supreme Court Judge Christine Sproat, though the position encompasses Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.
Said Lois, “I’ve been working since I turned 18 and want to, and am fully prepared to serve our community. After working in many different genres of accounting and finance, I hope to use my skills to help move the County forward and see more internal auditing of our finances.”
County Democratic Chair Elisa Sumner concluded, “We are putting forth two incredibly qualified candidates to serve the people of Dutchess. Judge Acker has 24 years of legal experience including more than 15 years of work as a Court Attorney at the Supreme Court level. She is so widely respected in Pine Plains as town justice that she was cross endorsed by their Republican committee in all three of her elections. Robin Lois has managed and overseen the financial reporting of huge companies, helped start-ups and will be the kind of independent monitor taxpayers expect to ensure there is minimal waste in government spending. The County needs a better fiscal watchdog and one who will assist the County Legislature with timely, and accurate, information.”