The Capital District Women’s Bar Association, A Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Spring 2015 Newsletter, Meet a Member interview with the Judge.
Name: Peter G. Crummey
Hometown: Colonie, NY
Family: 4 daughters and 1 son.
Job/Practice Areas: Senior Town Judge and Court Administrator, Colonie Town Justice Court, and a private general practice law firm.
Undergraduate Major: Double major in Theology and English at Boston College.
Why did you join CDWBA: I admire the good work done by the CDWBA. I currently serve as Immediate Past President of the Albany County Bar Association, and the Associations worked collaboratively on numerous events.
How long have you been a member: Nearing one year.
What do you do for fun: I enjoy taking walks in the Crossings and on a treadmill, cooking - cleaning, less so - and eating what I've cooked. It's fun to find new alternatives to recharge.
When did you decide you wanted to be a lawyer: In January, 1975, as a freshman in college. Although both grandfathers had been attorneys (and one a judge), I didn't choose this profession until I was ready to fully commit.
Favorite childhood book: The Little Engine That Could
Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with a beach, and preferably a pool as well, for switching it up.
Favorite/most useful gadget/program: Ipod. My personal playlist is a work in progress and another way to decompress.
Favorite place to work (other than at your desk): Dining room table
Favorite sports team: Any Boston College team.
Favorite food: Artichokes, as prepared by my mom. I have a wide palette, which keeps expanding. Basically, I like it all.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse: None that I'm aware of, though some may think otherwise.
Favorite author: Shakespeare, particularly for Macbeth.
Favorite musician/band: The Beatles, although my favorites really vary widely.
Favorite movie: Disney's The Little Mermaid - a great story about someone who gave up everything for true love.
Favorite law school class: Contracts, with Professor William Watkins at Albany Law.
Favorite Supreme Court Justice: John Marshall, a leader and creator who made something out of nothing.
Favorite quote: The statement I have often made to my children: "The true test of the value of a human is what they do after they've been knocked down."
What are you passionate about: Justice. More specifically, protecting defendants' rights and ensuring the presumption of innocence.
If you could live anywhere, where would you live: Colonie, New York.
What are you reading right now: Autoweek
What do you most value in your friends: Most importantly, respect.
Name an entry on your bucket list: Swimming off the coast of Tahiti.
What do you consider your greatest achievement so far: Being the son of Edward and Betty Crummey, and being the father of my five children.
What might CDWBA members be surprised to know about you: I enjoy American muscle cars.
If you weren't a lawyer, what would you be doing instead: A starving screen and stage actor.
Describe yourself in 3 words: I remain a work in progress, so I will let Father Time provide these.