C.O.B.A.N.C. Member of the Month

COBANC March, 2011 Member of the Month - Sharon Levy

Congratulations to Sharon Levy, Senior Court Officer in Supreme Court. Sharon has been named COBANC Employee of the month for March and is the Nassau County Bar Association’s Nominee for the 2010 Pete T. Affatato Court Employee of the Year Award. As a recipient of this award, Officer Levy was honored at the Bar Association on April 29th.

Officer Levy began her court career as a uniformed court officer in 1986 assigned to the Nassau County District Court. In 1990, Sharon was promoted to Senior Court Officer and assigned to the Nassau County Supreme Court.

Sharon graduated summa cum laude from C.W. Post College with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice; she earned a Paralegal Certificate from Adelphi University; served as a Special Police Officer and Spanish interpreter for the Freeport Police Department from 1980 to 1985; is an active member of Congregation B’nai Israel in Freeport; and participates in charitable organizations including Ronald McDonald House, The Association for the Help of Retarded Children, and ANCHOR programs, and volunteers for animal rescues and adoptions with Animal Lifeline, Inc.

Officer Levy is currently assigned to the Secure Pass/Security Desk located in the lower level of the Supreme Court, Nassau County, where she processes attorneys’ and non-attorneys’ secure pass applications and is responsible for security of attorneys, court personnel and the general public.

Sharon is professional, courteous, and helpful to all court users She always has a smile on her face and wears her uniform proudly! Congratulations to Officer Sharon Levy!

COBANC February, 2011 Member of the Month - Patricia Bannon

The Association would like to congratulate and recognize February 2010 Member of the Month Patricia Bannon, Support Magistrate Family Court. Those who know and work with Patricia Bannon agree she is more than deserving of this prestigious recognition. Time and time again, she has demonstrated her willingness to go above and beyond to help her colleagues and those less fortunate. Ms. Bannon began the International Family Court Holiday Celebration and Food Drive four years ago. In order to participate in these festivities, one must bring nonperishable canned or dried goods to the event. In addition, attendees are encouraged to bring an ethnic food dish of their heritage, paper goods, beverages and a monetary donation. These events have been very successful, ensuring families in need will have food for the holidays. In 2009, the recipient of her humanitarian efforts was Peace Valley Haven, a not-for-profit community-based organization dedicated to providing transitional housing and assistance to homeless men, women and children. Their food program distributes free groceries to low income, homeless and senior populations. Each month, Peace Valley Haven serves food baskets to 87 families in Nassau County. She consistently puts the needs of her colleagues before her own, often taking the time to improve resumes and to provide letters of recommendation. This is all accomplished on her own time. Ms. Bannon is also known for making frequent weekend trips to COSTCO in order to keep the Courthouse staff well supplied with chocolate. Ms. Bannon is an individual who truly possesses the qualities and characteristics of someone worthy of recognition as COBANC Member of the Month.

COBANC January, 2011 Member of the Month - Kristine Kehn

The Association would like to congratulate and recognize January 2010 Member of the Month Kristine Kehn, Court Assistant in the Matrimonial Center. Kristine has been a COBANC member for just over two (2) years and she performs her job daily with a smile. She always seems to be in a good mood. One of her major tasks is the “window” of the Mat Centers Clerk’s Office. Here she deals with customers bringing various papers, orders, motions, but most of all, questions. These “customers” include lawyers, paralegals, process servers, and more often than not members of the public who are Pro-se (representing themselves). Kristine answers these questions with sincerity and her cheerfulness means most leave happier and more informed than when they got there; some refer to her as “the font of information”. If she is not sure, she will confirm with one of the clerks in the office, and then she’s sure for the next time. She is an asset to the clerk’s office, the courts of Nassau County, and to COBANC, and is an example of the many hardworking members we represent.