Court System

Schenectady County is included in the 4th Judicial District for the State of New York.  All courts in New York State are administered by the New York State Unified Court System.  The information on this page is provided as a service through Schenectady County.  If you have questions for the court, please contact them directly (do not email or call Schenectady County.)

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court in New York State has unlimited, original jurisdiction, but generally hears cases that are outside of the jurisdiction of other courts. Its caseload includes civil matters beyond the monetary limits of the lower courts’ jurisdiction, divorce, separation and annulment proceedings, and equity suits, such as mortgage foreclosures and injunctions.

Hon. Vito C. Caruso, District Administrative Judge
Hon. Barry D. Kramer
Hon. Christine M. Clark
Hon. Thomas Buchanan
Hon. Mark L. Powers


Surrogate’s Court

Surrogate's Court hears cases involving the affairs of decedents, including the probate of wills and the administration of estates. It also handles adoptions.

Hon. Vincent W. Versaci


Family Court

Family Court hears matters involving children and families. Its jurisdiction includes: Adoption; Guardianship; Foster Care Approval and Review; Delinquency; Persons in Need of Supervision; Family Offense (domestic violence); Child Protective Proceedings (abuse and neglect); Termination of Parental Rights; Custody and Visitation; and Support.

Hon. Kevin A. Burke
Hon. Jill S. Polk
Hon. Mark Blanchfield


County Court

The County Court is located in each county outside New York City. It is authorized to handle the prosecution of all crimes committed within the county. It has exclusive authority to handle trials in felony matters and shares authority with the local city, and town and village courts to handle trials in misdemeanor cases (offenses punishable by less than one year in prison) and other minor offenses and violations. The County Court also has limited authority to hear civil cases involving monetary awards of $25,000 or less.

Hon. Matthew J. Sypniewski







Jennifer Regan, Deputy Chief Clerk
612 State St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 285-8401
(518) 451-8731 (fax)

Gisele A. Fortune, Deputy Chief Clerk
612 State St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 285-8455
(518) 541-8732 (fax)

Denise Riggi, Chief Clerk
Lawrencia Colon, Deputy Chief Clerk
620 State St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 285-8435
(518) 393-1565 (fax)

Jennifer Regan, Deputy Chief Clerk
612 State St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 285-8401
(518) 451-8731 (fax)

Commissioner of Jurors:
Nicole Salamone
Phone: 518-285-8516
Fax: 518-451-8726

Law Library: 518-285-8518
Legal Aid: 518-462-6765
Public Defender: 518-386-2266