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Retiring Town Justice reflects on quarter century of service

Warrensburg Town Justice Richard Nissen talks about his quarter-century of service to the town and the changes he’s seen through the years.

Warrensburg Town Justice Richard Nissen talks about his quarter-century of service to the town and the changes he’s seen through the years. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Changes during his tenure include aspects of his workplace.

Nissen said he also enjoys the ample office space made available through an addition to the Warrensburg Town Hall constructed 10 years ago. For his first 15 years of service, there wasn’t enough space in the court office for him to conduct his work, he said.

While prior justices were accustomed to a lack of public observation — a prior judge for some time conducted court in his chambers — court has in recent years been conducted in an open courtroom with the public observing.

Nissen also has also worked to assure appropriate public access to court records, as required by law.

He said he has appreciated the fact that the Adirondack Journal has regularly published misdemeanors, as well as the felonies also covered by the area daily.

“Suspects hate to see their names in the newspaper, and so do their family members,” he said. “Publishing the cases makes a big difference.”

Warrensburg has two justices, and they preside on alternate Wednesdays. The other local town justice is Mindy Fisk.

Poised to replace Nissen as Warrensburg Town Justice is Bryan Winslow, a former court officer for Warren County. He is the sole candidate that will be on the local ballot this November.

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