Ulster County resident and attorney, David Gandin, has announced that he is running for Supreme Court Justice in the 3rd Judicial District. A seasoned trial attorney and public defender, Gandin brings decades of experience in both criminal and civil law. Since 2013, he has served as Principal Court Attorney for Supreme Court Justice Maria G. Rosa, where he prepares legal opinions, presides over attorney conferences, manages cases, writes legal decisions, and advises on the disposition of motions. The 3rd Judicial District Court has two openings this year, and includes the counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster.
“My experience, determination to provide equal justice for all, dedication to public service, and legal experience make me a uniquely qualified candidate for Supreme Court Judge,” said Gandin, who received the endorsement of the Greene and Ulster County Democratic Committees on Thursday. “As Principal Court Attorney for Justice Rosa, I have developed the experience, knowledge, and expertise for the just and effective adjudication of all types of matters that come before the Supreme Court.”
After completing a federal clerkship with the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Gandin began his litigation career as a public defender with the Legal Aid Society, where he spent seven years representing indigent clients. He also served as Principal Court Attorney for Judge Robert DiBella in Westchester County, as well as worked with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, the Office of the Federal Public Defender and the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon.
Gandin received his undergraduate degree from Vassar College and his J.D. from American University where he served on the Law Review. He is currently a union member at CSEA, teaches law as an adjunct professor at Marist College, Chairs the Town of Gardiner Zoning Board of Appeals, and serves on the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Third Judicial District. He lives with his wife and their four children in Gardiner. In his spare time he keeps bees, raises chickens, plays upright bass and guitar, and enjoys exploring the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley.
In New York State, the Supreme Court is the highest level trial court, hearing civil cases involving contract disputes, divorces, negligence actions, medical malpractice, labor law, election law and numerous other civil matters. The court also has jurisdiction over "Article 78 proceedings" which involve disputes over the actions or decisions of New York State officials and agencies. In several counties, including Albany, the Court also has a Commercial Division.