Town of Niagara Judge Anthony L. Restaino announced he is seeking reelection for a second term as town justice.
Restaino is a graduate of Niagara University and received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a practicing attorney with Restaino Reddien LLP, the firm he started with his partner in 2013, and an assistant social services attorney for Niagara County.
During his first term, Restaino and his court have had to adjust in accordance with major legislative changes implemented in the New York state criminal law. Some of these changes include the “Raise the Age” legislation and the major criminal justice reforms implemented at the beginning of 2020. In response to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the court, Restaino has implemented an online system for the payment of court fines and was the first town court in Niagara County to submit a plan and receive approval to conduct virtual court proceedings.
“This first term has been very challenging, but at the same time very rewarding,” Restaino said.
With respect to the challenges faced by the court, he added, “A lot is asked of the clerks in the town and village courts. I am thankful that I have such dedicated and hard-working clerks in my court. Without them, the challenges faced this term would have been much more difficult.
“It has been truly an honor to serve the Town of Niagara residents as their town judge. I hope to have earned their continued confidence and support as I look forward to continuing to serve in this capacity.”
Restaino will be running on all party lines.