The Hon. Dr. Carrie O’Hare (T/Stuyvesant) has been named 2020 Magistrate of the Year

by the New York State Magistrates Association


Judge O’Hare was honored for her tireless efforts to better the profession of town and village judging on the local and statewide level.

Judge O’Hare is a past president of the Columbia County Magistrates Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the New York State Magistrates Association.

Judge O’Hare’s research, “Making a Difference: Judicial Stewards in the Town and Village Courts of New York State,” helped to identify the five traits of a highly effective judge.

She has also been researching the history of the town and village courts in Columbia County and has presented perpetual plaques to some of the county’s 21 town and village courts identifying current and past sitting judges and their tenures on the bench as a way of preserving local judicial history.


Members of the NYSMA Board of Directors and officers of the Columbia County Magistrates Association attended the recognition ceremony in Columbia county for Judge O’Hare.


Fellow Columbia County magistrates were out in force to honor one of their own as they congratulated the Magistrate of the Year, Hon. Dr. Carrie O’Hare.


2019 Magistrate of the Year, Hon. Tanja Sirago (T/ Cairo), presents Judge O’Hare with a plaque recognizing her achievement.


*** Photos by Tom With and Lance Wheeler.