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Mayor Brown Announces Appointment to City Court
Office of the Mayor
Peter K. Culter
Director of Communications
Attorney Craig D. Hannah to fill Judge Devlin Vacancy
BUFFALO – Mayor Byron Brown today appointed Buffalo attorney Craig D. Hannah to fill a vacant City Court judgeship, as a result of the election of the Hon. Diane Y. Devlin to the New York State Supreme Court.
A graduate of Canisius College and the University at Buffalo Law School, Mr. Hannah began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Erie County District Attorney's Office. As an ADA, he was assigned to the Buffalo City Court and the Grand Jury Bureaus. Further demonstrating his commitment to public service, Craig joined the City of Buffalo Law Department in 1999. For five years, he served with distinction as one of the City's chief litigators in the Corporation Counsel's Office. He also served as legal counsel to then-New York State Senator Brown.
"Craig Hannah is an excellent lawyer, who knows the city court system well and will serve the citizens of our city with distinction," stated Mayor Brown. "Having experience in both private practice and in the public sector, I am confident Craig will utilize his knowledge and understanding of the law to faithfully carry out the duties and responsibilities of the court."
Mr. Hannah's honors and achievements are numerous. He is active in several community organizations and was recognized in Business First's Who's Who in Law in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, he was elected to serve a Vice Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee. Craig is a past president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York and the recipient of its Legal Service Award. He is a member of the Erie County Bar Association, a board member of the University at Buffalo Law School Alumni Association, a trustee of the New York State Supreme Court Library Board of Trustees and was a Commissioner of the Erie County Charter Review Commission.
"I am honored by Mayor Brown's confidence in me and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the City Court," said Mr. Hannah. "I have deep respect for the law and I have endeavored, throughout my career, to carry out my various responsibilities in accordance with the tenets of jurisprudence. I accept the Mayor's appointment with the commitment of serving the citizens of Buffalo to the best of my ability."
Mr. Hannah, a Buffalo native, has been a lifelong resident of Winslow Avenue, where he resides with his wife, Angela and their daughter, Taylor Marie Hannah.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios