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Mayor Rob Rolison Announces Judicial Appointment

Mayor Rob Rolison announces the appointment of Scott L. Volkman who was rated “highly qualified” by the Judicial Screening committee, to serve as a City of Poughkeepsie Court Judge.  Scott L.Volkman will fill the vacancy created by the mandatory retirement of Judge Thomas J. O’Neill on January 1, 2019.

Scott Volkman is an attorney and a lifelong resident of Poughkeepsie. He graduated from the University at Albany with a BA in political Science in 1982 and received his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 1985. 

Scott was admitted to the Bar in 1986 and joined the firm of Quartararo and Quartararo in 1988, which merged with the firm of Gellert and Klein in 2002.  In 2013, he became Of Counsel for the law firm of Stenger, Roberts, Davis and Diamond LLP.  Scott has served as the Town Attorney for the Towns of Pleasant Valley, Amenia and Pawling, and as Counsel to the DutchessCounty Legislature since 2003.

A longstanding public servant and community volunteer, Scott served on the City of Poughkeepsie common council for 10 years and served on the Board of Directors for organizations such as the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Inc., Half Moon Theatre, Poughkeepsie Industrial Development Agency and The Poughkeepsie Urban Renewal Agency.  He is a member of the N.Y.S. Bar Association and the Dutchess County Bar Association. 

Mayor Rolison said, “Scott brings to the bench a keen intellect and over thirty years of legal experience deeply rooted in trial practice.  Scott is well versed in the rules of evidence and the practical application of specific rules related to both Civil and Criminal Law.  Throughout his career Scott has shown himself to possess the character and temperament necessary in managing a courtroom and varied caseload. We are very fortunate he has accepted the position, and know he will serve the City and its residents well..” 

“On the other side of this appointment”, continues Rolison, “we are saying farewell to a compassionate and understanding Judge, Tom O’Neill.  In appointing Tom in 2016, I saw an individual with wisdom, decency, impartiality and respect for persons on both sides of the bench.  Tom will return to private practice and looks forward to assisting those afflicted with opioid addiction.  We wish him the best of luck and much success.”