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    Carmel, N.Y. – 12/13/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) joined 41 young adults on Wednesday evening at the Putnam County Youth Court 26th Graduation Ceremony.

    Senator Ball honored each graduate with a New York State Senate Certificate of Merit for completing a 10-week training course and being sworn in as Putnam County Youth Court members.

    “These young men and women are the future of Putnam County, the world is their oyster. It is my honor to join them along with their parents and family on this very special day,” said Senator Greg Ball. “The Putnam County Youth Court is fundamentally important in reducing the crime rate in our area by teaching our youth about our judicial system and encouraging them to get actively involved.”

    The Youth Court Program is a peer court program established to reduce incidents of juvenile crime by serving as a community based alternative to Family Court. Volunteer members throughout Putnam County participate in a 10 week training program that prepares them to serve in the roles of Judge, Defense Attorney, Prosecuting Attorney, Court Clerk and Officer in actual cases of youth under 16 charged with a crime.

    The Putnam County Youth Court Class of 2013 included:

    Robert Bensburg, Megan Bernardo, Jack  Breiman, Kyle  Breiman, Jessica Buckley, Andrew DeMarco, Nicholas DiCairano, Brent Ehlberg, Matthew Fahy, Isaiah Fredericks, Lucas Hendrickson, Christopher Horan, Harper  Hunt, Hannah  Hunt, Robert Kick, Austin Kuhbier, Joseph Lilley, Eric Lore, Christopher Lore, Michael  Mammola, Nicholas Mancusi, Kaitlin Marino-Messina, Abigail Mastropietro, Katie McDonough,Thomas McDonough, Kiara Mora, Eric Morais, James Ormsby, Thomas  O’Rourke, Dante Riccoboni, James Roberto, Bethany  Rolon, Rebecca  Ruyack, Kevin Ryan, Natalie Scanlon, Anthony Simeone,  Aaron Treiling, Noah Ullman, John Vellek, Nicholas Venditti, and Emily Westin.

    For more information contact the Program Coordinator, Barbara Reitz at (845)808-1600 ext. 46122.

    For more information, please contact or (845) 531-9796