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Brooklyn Civil Court hosts holiday party as appreciation for staff

December 19, 2017 By Paul Frangipane Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Civil and Housing Court judges donned aprons to serve food to their employees at this year’s holiday party. From left to right: Hon. Louis Nock, Hon. Robin Garson, Hon. Mary Rosado, Hon. Richard Montelione, Hon. Ingrid Joseph, Hon. Robin Sheares, Hon. Joy Campanelli and Hon. Michael Gerstein. Eagle photos by Paul Frangipane
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Brooklyn civil and housing court judges and clerks showed their appreciation for their staff by throwing a holiday party back dropped by live music and a diverse array of food at Brooklyn Civil Court on Friday.

Judges came together to form the Holiday Party Committee that began decorating a third floor room in the courthouse with wreaths, tinseling, hanging snowflakes and shades of blue balloons as a violin, keyboard duo set up in the corner.

“On behalf of the Civil Court judges and the Housing Court judges, welcome,” said Judge Richard Montelione.

And with that welcome came continuous cheers from the courthouse’s diverse staffers.

“The holiday party is simply a token of our gratitude for all the help everyone gives the court every day, thank you,” Montelione said before introducing Supervising Judge Ingrid Joseph.

“This is home, and on behalf of all of the judges, we want to thank each and every one of you because like a family, we have some people who like to have the limelight and we have some family who work hard behind the scenes,” Joseph said. “Well we’re aware of your hard work, all of you people behind the scenes. We see you, we acknowledge you, we appreciate you.”

The party began with music from Jeffrey Young on violin and Scott Stein on keyboard, drawing employees into the room with Christmas tunes.

Judges wore colorful aprons as they served all kinds of food for any dietary restrictions. As the 1 p.m. lunch hour hit, the room filled with conversations of more than 100 employees.

“I am feeling real nostalgic in this room,” said Jean Schneider, the citywide supervising judge of Housing Court who served in Brooklyn for about four years prior. “Let me just say to all of you, thanks for being friends, thanks for always being there, thanks for all the amazing work you do. You’re just a wonderful group of people and it’s a privilege to know you and to work with you.”

After Montelione led a gift raffle that brought smiling winners to the front of the crowd, the event closed with a singalong of “Let it Snow” as people said their goodbyes.

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