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Nemeth announces candidacy for town justice

Sat, Apr 20th 2019 06:55 am

Mark S. Nemeth has announced his candidacy for Grand Island Town Justice this year. He has received the endorsement of the Grand Island Republican Party, Conservative Party and the New York Independence Party. He will appear in those primaries on June 25 as well as those of the Democrat, Green and Working Families parties.

For the past 15 years, Nemeth has been the Town of Grand Island prosecutor. As the prosecutor, he’s responsible for prosecuting all violations within the town’s jurisdiction including violations of the New York vehicle and traffic law, New York criminal law, and the Grand Island town code. He has tried hundreds of cases in Grand Island Court and handled thousands more over the last 15 years.

Nemeth said Grand Island is a dynamic and growing community with complex challenges like other modern suburbs. “The problems it faces today require legal training and experience and a full understanding of how to apply the law to the facts of all cases that come before the court.” He said he will use his legal education and experience to address the challenges Grand Island faces today.

Nemeth received his law degree, with honors, from Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1993, where he was given the American Jurisprudence Award in Ethics and in Secured Transactions. He graduated with honors in 1987 from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in history and a minor in education.

In his private practice, he is a partner in the law firm of Feldman Kieffer LLP. He has been a licensed attorney and a litigator for more than 25 years, practicing in New York State Supreme Court, town courts, and Federal District courts throughout the state. He has extensive trial experience and appellate experience. He is a member of the WNY Prosecutors Association, the Erie County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute.

Nemeth has been married to his wife Michelle, a high school math teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools, since 1993. They moved to Grand Island from North Buffalo in 1997. Mark and Michelle have two children, Miranda and Alex.

Nemeth has been involved in the Grand Island community. He has served on the Grand Island Traffic Safety Advisory Board, coaching youth soccer for the Grand Island Soccer Club and St. Stephen School, volunteering as a swim league official, and working the Lenten fish fry at St. Stephen’s. He is a past member of Grand Island Rotary and a past volunteer for Lawyers for Learning, an Erie County Bar Association organization providing lawyers to act as tutors for students in need of extra help at School 18 on Buffalo’s west side.

Nemeth said he is looking forward to continuing his efforts to give back to Grand Island and make it an even better place to live by running for town justice. His campaign states he is “uniquely qualified to be Grand Island’s next justice. He will bring his legal education, professional experience, and his sense of duty to the community to the office of Town Justice, and he will make Grand Island a better place to live and work.”

Nemeth can be reached by phone at 716-773-7782, by phone or text at 716-481-8904, or by email at [email protected] or [email protected].

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