Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, December 6, 2011


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New York Appellate Division Justice Cardona Dead at 70


From Staff and Wire Service Reports


Anthony V. Cardona, who served nearly 16 years as a presiding justice of the second highest court of the state of New York, died Sunday after a year-long bout with cancer. 

Cardona had served as presiding justice of the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division’s Third Department since 1994. He was appointed to that court the year before.

The Albany Times Union quoted one of Cardona’s colleagues, Justice Thomas Mercure: “[Cardona] was a huge loss to us. He did a great job in administering our court and making sure decisions got out in a timely manner.”

The Associated Press quoted New York State Bar President Vincent Doyle as saying the bar had recognized Cardona for his work on the state’s Child Justice and Welfare system and for compassion in helping mentally troubled colleagues.

An Albany, N.Y. native, Cardona attended Manhattan College, then served four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. After leaving the navy, he entered Albany Law School, graduating in 1970. After 14 years of private practice that included two years working with the Public Defender’s Office in Albany, he served as a judge in New York’s Family Court and Supreme Court before his elevation to the Appellate Division, according to the Times Union.

He was a resident of the Albany suburb of Glenmont. Cardona is survived by his wife Aline, four children and several grandchildren.


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