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Black History Month Celebrated by the Suffolk County Courts,

                              The Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association and

                                               the Suffolk County Bar Association

                                                                            By Jane LaCova
                    n Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 Black History Month’s
                    program,  was hosted by Suffolk’s District Administrative
            O Judge, the Honorable Andrew A. Crecca in collaboration with
            the Amistad Long Island Black Bar and the Suffolk County Bar Asso-
            ciations via Microsoft Teams.
               The ceremony’s theme, “The Black Family: Representation, Iden-
            tity and Diversity” distinguished the crucial role of family in the rich
            tapestry of African American’s past and present.
               As a part of that tapestry, the program speakers honored a trail-
            blazer’s legacy in Suffolk County’s legal community, the Honorable
            Marquette L. Floyd, Justice of the Supreme Court, 10th Judicial Dis-
               Justice Floyd, a man of dignity and perseverance, was the first
            African American elected to Suffolk County District Court Bench
            where he served for nineteen years and was elected to the Supreme
            Court Bench, also serving as Presiding Justice of the Appellate Term
            for the 10th Judicial District. Justice Floyd left a legacy that will never
            be forgotten.
               During the celebration, the Honorable Cheryl A. Joseph, NYS
            Court of Claims Judge and the Supervising Judge of the Supreme
            Court Matrimonial Parts, received this year’s Hon. Marquette L. Floyd
            Achievement Award which was presented to her by Justice Crecca.
               The 2020 Milton Mollen Commitment to Excellence Award was
            presented to Ode Jean-Claude, a Senior LAN Administrator in the IT
            Department. Ode is a devoted court employee who has always
            strived for excellence and has demonstrated meritorious service and                Award recipients Honorable Cheryl A. Joseph
            a devotion to the judicial process and the public.                                               and Ode Jean-Claude

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