The Albany Law School community is deeply saddened by the passing away of Anthony V. Cardona, Presiding Justice of the Third Department.
Judge Cardona, member of the Class of 1970, has been a Trustee of Albany Law School since 1994. Justice Cardona was a tireless supporter of the school and its graduates on numerous levels: he was the 2002 Commencement Speaker, where he also received an honorary degree; he presided over numerous induction ceremonies for the Clinic & Justice Center; and he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni in Government Award in 2001.
The law school community will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Aline and four children.[Albany Law School's retirement celebration for Justice Cardona, scheduled for Dec. 8, 2011, has been canceled. Calling hours will be held Thursday, Dec. 8, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Parish of Mater Christi, 40 Hopewell Street, Albany.]Presiding Justice Anthony V. Cardona was designated a Justice of the Third Department on Sept. 8, 1993, appointed Presiding Justice on Jan. 1, 1994, and reappointed Jan. 1, 2005. His judicial career started as Albany County Family Court Judge in 1985, where he served until he was elected to the Supreme Court effective Jan. 1, 1991. Reelected to the Supreme Court in 2004, he was appointed Administrative Judge for the Third Judicial District in January 1992 and served in that capacity until his designation to the Third Department.
From 1994 to 2005, he co-chaired the Family Violence Task Force established by Chief Judge Kaye. Prior to his judicial career, he practiced law for 14 years, a span which included a two-year period as a part-time attorney with the Albany County Public Defender's office and service as a Law Guardian in Albany County Family Court.
He is a graduate of Manhattan College in 1962. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1967, as a Naval officer in the Vietnam War. Following his honorable discharge, he attended Albany Law School and graduated in 1970.