I was born in 1957 (a citizen born abroad) on a U.S. Army base in Munchweiler, W. Germany during my father’s tour of military service, and grew up in rural Schenectady County. It was in these early years that I was introduced to, and fell in love with our Helderberg “Hilltowns”. My father took us hunting, fishing, and hiking at Partridge Run and on West Mountain, and our family enjoyed picnics and swimming at Warner’s Lake, Thompson’s Lake, and at John Boyd Thacher State Park.
After graduating from Mohonasen High School, I studied Radiologic Technology at Hudson Valley Community College, and for 10 years was employed full-time at Cohoes Memorial Hospital, and part-time at most of the other area hospitals. I went to work for the United States Postal Service, and served as a Mail Handler, Mail Clerk, Window Clerk, and Postmaster (OIC). I married my sweetheart Lisa at Scholz-Zwicklbauer Hofbrau on Warner’s Lake, and we moved to East Berne to raise our family.
While working with the students, parents, and teachers of The Berne Knox Westerlo School System, Lisa and I came to love and appreciate our community. We became involved in the PTA, 7 Mountaineers 4-H, and Lisa started mentoring young BKW students in remedial reading. I was appointed to the Town of Berne Youth Council, serving for 12 years, and to the Berne Conservation Board, serving for two years. In 1996 I was elected to The Albany County Democratic Committee, representing Berne’s District One until my appointment as Berne Town Justice in 2008. Also in 2008, I earned my Guide’s License from The Department of Environmental Conservation, specializing in Whitewater Rafting on the Indian River and Upper Hudson River Gorge. Sponsored by my dear friend Rudy Stempel I became a member of The Helderberg Kiwanis.
– Justice for all, regardless of political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, religious belief, or national origin.
– All persons coming before our court are to be treated with dignity and respect, with an absolute presumption of innocence.
– All interactions within our community; with neighbors, government officials, boards, councils, or agencies; should be conducted with respect and inclusion, with individuals working toward the betterment of all.
I was elected Berne Town Justice in 2009, enjoying re-election in 2013 and 2017. In 2009 I became a member of The Schoharie County Magistrates Association, and The New York State Magistrates Association, serving the latter as Director from 2013-2016.
In 2017, with respect and gratitude for the support I have received from our community, I became a member of The Helderberg Ambulance Squad where I currently serve as a Driver/EMT/Crew Chief, and Member of The Board of Directors (2018-2021). Lisa currently serves as a Town of Berne Public Library Trustee.
– Hon. Albert E. Raymond