Education: Peter graduated from Shaker High School; earned a B.A. in English and Theology from Boston College; and a J.D from Albany Law School.
Judicial Experience: Peter served as Colonie Town Justice from January 1, 2000, until recently, when he stepped off the bench to run for Colonie Town Supervisor. He presided over one of the busiest Courts in the State of New York, which handles approximately 25,000 cases annually, including criminal cases, vehicle and traffic cases and civil proceedings. Further, at the request of the NYS Office of Court Administration, Peter served as Acting City Court Judge for Albany, Cohoes, Hudson and Troy.
Career Highlights: Prior to being elected as a Colonie Town Justice, Peter embraced public service in a variety of capacities, including as an Albany County Legislator and Minority Leader, a Prosecutor in the Colonie and Menands Traffic Courts, an attorney for the Town of Colonie and as the attorney for the Colonie Zoning Board of Appeals. Peter also maintains a practice of law in Albany.
Professional Organizations and Community Involvement: Throughout his tenure on the bench, Peter has been active in professional organizations and in community service. He has served as President of the Albany County Bar Association and as a delegate to the NYS Bar Association’s House of Delegates. He has served as a member of the NYS Bar Association’s Committee on Procedures for Judicial Discipline and served on the Association’s Special Committee on Youth Courts. Peter is a member of the Board of Trustees of Albany Law School and serves as President of the School's National Alumni Association. He is also a member of the State Magistrate’s Association, the Capital District Women’s Bar Association, the NYS Bar Foundation, BPOE Watervliet-Colonie #1500, and the Kiwanis Club of Greater Colonie.
Peter routinely makes presentations concerning the Court system in local schools and to community groups and presents his annual Gavel Award to a teacher who promotes knowledge of the Courtroom in the classroom.
Since 2007, Peter has hosted Benchmark, a cable television show for the Colonie Town Library, and has interviewed more than sixty jurists and attorneys involved in our justice system.
Awards: In 2013, Peter received The Distinguished Service Award from the NYS Bar Association’s Law, Youth and Citizenship Committee and received The Partners in Education Award from the Capital District Council for Social Studies. In 2018, Peter received the President's Award from the Albany County Bar Association.
Personal Information: Peter is a life-long resident of the Town of Colonie and has five children, who continue to distinguish themselves in either the classroom, Courtroom or boardroom.