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|