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Hon. Felix J. Catena Acting Supreme Court Justice
Candidate for the
Supreme Court
Fourth Judicial District
(Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington)

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Candidate Biography
Personal Statement
  • Judge Catena is the County Court Judge for Montgomery County and an Acting Supreme Court Justice. He has been a judge for 17 years. As County Court Judge he has presided over 90 felony jury trials. Judge Catena was appointed as an Acting Supreme Court Justice in 2001 and designated full time in 2003. He has over 1000 Supreme Court dispositions and 60 Supreme Court trials. Judge Catena has been assigned to hear and determine cases and conduct jury trials in 9 of the 11 counties in the Fourth Judicial District. In 2001, Judge Catena started the first drug court program in Montgomery County which has successfully rehabilitated approximately 175 defendants, reintegrating them into society, becoming productive citizens and reuniting them with their families. Judge Catena is a member of the NYS Criminal Jury Instruction Committee, and was a past member of both The Jury Trial Project and the NYS Judicial Skills Curriculum Committee. He recently co-chaired the 2012 Task Force on Court Budget and has been a faculty lecturer at Judicial Seminar Programs. Judge Catena is married, has three children and resides in Amsterdam, New York.
IJEQC rating
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  • Highly Qualified
Party Membership
  • Republican
Party Line
  • Conservative
  • Republican
Campaign Web Site  
  • California Western School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • American University, B.A., 1979
Admitted to Bar
  • New York 1986
  • California 1987
  • District of Columbia 1987
  • Montgomery County Court Judge
Professional Experience
  • City Court Judge Amsterdam City Court January 1995 - February 1999.
  • Corporation Counsel City of Amsterdam, New York 1992-1994
  • Assistant District Attorney Montgomery County District Attorney's Office 1990-1992
  • Private Law Practice January 1990-February 1999

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