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The operations of New York State courts in 57 counties outside of New York City will now be supervised by a St. Lawrence University graduate.

Jan Plumadore '64, of Saranac Lake, New York, has been appointed to replace outgoing Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Joseph Traficanti Jr. He has been in charge of the state's Fourth Judicial District, which includes St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, Washington, Fulton, Saratoga, Montgomery and Schenectady counties.

Plumadore was elected to his first state Supreme Court term in 1987, after serving for a decade as a Franklin County judge and Surrogate's and Family Court judge. He also served two terms on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors and served as a captain in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, where he won the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Medal of Honor.

The judge is a graduate of Saranac Lake High School, St. Lawrence University and Albany Law School. Plumadore earned his St. Lawrence degree in psychology, was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and the football team, and participated in the ROTC program on campus. He is a former Franklin County Republican Committee chairman and a member of the Lake Placid 1980 Olympic Organizing Committee.

Posted: April 23, 2004