O’burg judge candidate Breen wants to make better use of drug court to get help for those who need it
BY JIMMY LAWTON
North Country This Week
OGDENSBURG – Republican Ramona Breen is facing off against Marcia LeMay once again for the Ogdensburg City Judge seat.
If elected Breen says she plans to make better use of Ogdensburg’s drug court with hopes of getting people the help they need.“It is no secret that Ogdensburg is replete with problems these days. As a lifelong resident it pains me greatly to see this beautiful City being ravaged by drugs and crime and lost youth. Even in the current predicament this City is in at this point and time, I still believe in Ogdensburg. I want to see this City turn around and once again become a safe, friendly place to raise a family, work and run a business,” she said.
Breen is an Ogdensburg native and resident who graduated from St. Lawrence University and earned a law degree at Syracuse University.
Her primary practice has been in real estate but says she also has more than 20 years in in family court experience.
Breen says she’s also participated in matrimonial trials and handled other various matters in St. Lawrence County Supreme Court, Estate proceedings and adoption trials in St. Lawrence County Surrogate Court, Guardianship proceedings in St. Lawrence County Court and Jefferson County Supreme Court, as well as countless collection matters, summary proceedings, Vehicle and Traffic and criminal matters in Ogdensburg City Court and numerous Justice Courts throughout the County.
“I have successfully argued an Appeal before the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, in Albany. I am also admitted to the Federal Bar,’ she said.
“I have over 32 years of experience in the practice of law. I am a certified Mediator, the training for which has been invaluable in teaching me to openly and fairly look at both sides of every situation and every case. The broad and extensive nature of my practice over these past 3 decades has given me insight and experience in so many different areas of law and really of life in general. As a certified Court Evaluator for over 20 years, I deal one on one with the elderly who are no longer able to care for themselves,” she said.
Breen says recent edicts from the state have put judges in a difficult position of what she referred to as a “catch and release” program. But she says she’ll do everything she can to keep Ogdensburg safe.
“I want to be part of the solution and to get to the root of our drug problem in this City. There is a time for compassion and understanding, but there is also a time that requires harsher sentencing in certain cases to hold individuals accountable for their crimes and actions and protect the citizens of our community.”
Breen serves on the Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce board and previously served on the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Board of directors.
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