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The Sun election 2013 coverage: Supreme Court

Hon. Mark Montour
Hon. Mark Montour
Supreme Court Justice

Hon. Mark Montour is a private attorney and a town justice.

Montour was elected town justice for Lancaster in November 2007, where he served for 12 years. He is an acting judge in the cities of Buffalo and Batavia.

He initiated a drug diversion court in Lancaster. The Lancaster Problem Solving Court was designed to assist individuals with drug abuse or dependency issues that lead to interaction with the criminal justice system. The Problem Solving Court targets youths aged 17 – 19 who are first time misdemeanor offenders displaying serious drug abuse problems. Montour oversees the treatment and progress of each member. The Problem Solving Court provides participants an opportunity to address drug addictions.

Montour graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law and Jurisprudence in 1983. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Canisius College in 1980. For more than 30 years, Montour served as an attorney in private practice and is currently the sole practitioner with a law office in Elma, where he specializes in a field of laws, including criminal defense; real estate transactions; civil contracts; wills, trusts and estates; and American Indian law.

Montour is an enrolled member of the Saint Regis Mohawk tribe. For the past 20 years, he has served Native American clients in the courtroom and in the community; he has defended Native American clients from criminal charges, advised the Seneca Surrogates Court on estate matters and helped establish Native American-owned businesses. Montour said that, if elected to the NYS Supreme Court, he will represent as the first Native American to hold a state court position.

He grew up in Tonawanda and currently lives in Lancaster, where he has lived for the past 25 years. He and his wife Michele have two children. Kyle, 24, is a second-year law student at the University of Denver; Cameron, 22, is a senior at Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

Montour is a member of the Erie County Bar Association, NYS Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, Minority Bar Association of WNY, Erie County Magistrates Association and the NYS Magistrates Association.

He received the National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award for legal service to the Native American community. He was named to Business First’s “Who’s Who in Law” in 2006; he was inducted into the town of Lancaster Youth Bureau “Hall of Fame” in 2007 and received the “Jurist of the Year” award from the Judges and Police Conference of Erie County in 2010.

Montour has been endorsed by the Democratic, Conservative and Working Families parties.

Paul WojtaszekSupreme Court JusticePaul Wojtaszek is running for supreme court justice. He has practiced law for two decades.
Before earning his law degree, Wojtaszek interned at the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C. After graduating from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, he served as assistant district attorney in Niagara County, where he headed the Narcotics Bureau and prosecuted Welfare fraud, drug trafficking and homicide.
He served Attorney General Dennis Vacco as special assistant attorney general, prosecuting Medicaid fraud. After seven years prosecuting criminals, he served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia, for 13 years.
Wojtaszek was given the Robert J. Connelly Trial Technique Award, the Advocates Club of Western New York Distinguished Leadership Award and North Tonawanda Catholic School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.
He is a Eucharistic minister at Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church and a Den Leader for his son’s Cub Scout pack. He and his wife Colleen have four children: Justin, Luke, Ava and Peyton.
He has been endorsed by the Republican and Independence parties.


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