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Gavel Award

Judge Crummey has long recognized the value of civics education and the importance of educating students regarding the judicial branch. In 2007, to help promote such education, the Judge initiated his Gavel Award.

The Gavel Award is presented annually to a teacher in the Town of Colonie, New York, who promotes knowledge of the Courtroom in the classroom.

The Judge makes an in-class presentation to each recipient, articulating the reasons why the educator was selected. The following educators have received the Gavel Award:

2017 Hon. Mae A. D’Agostino Federal Distinct Court Judge for the Northern District of New York
2016 Robert W. Pollaro Chairman of the Social Studies Department, Shaker High School
2015 Owen O'Leary Campus Minister, Christian Brothers Academy
2014 Daniel F. Weaver Social Studies Teacher, Shaker High School
2013 Chad Finck Business Law Teacher, Shaker High School
2012 Leonard M. Cutler, Ph.D. Professor of Public Law and Pre-Law Advisor In the Political Science Department, Siena College
2011 Roger G. Powers Social Studies Teacher, St. Gregory’s School
2010 Robert Holtz Business Law Teacher, Shaker High School
2009 Seth Harris Social Studies Teacher and Mock Trial Coordinator, Shaker Junior High School
2008 Kevin Fottrell Business Law Teacher, Colonie Central High School
2007 Elizabeth Carter Social Studies Teacher, Loudonville Elementary School