Judge Eugene L. Nicandri of Massena became a
trustee in August 2008 after being nominated by Governor David
Paterson and confirmed by the New York State Senate to a five-year
term. Judge Nicandri, whose legal work contributed to the
establishment of the Massena Electric Department in 1981, served on
the St. Lawrence County Court from 1985 until 2004, when he
Judge Nicandri served as president of the New York
State County Judges Association from 1999 to 2000. Before becoming a
county judge, he was a partner in the Massena law firm of Lavigne &
Nicandri from 1966 to 1985 and served at various times as the
attorney for the Towns of Massena, Brasher, Louisville and Lawrence
and the Village of Massena. He also served as the attorney for
Massena Memorial Hospital.
Judge Nicandri represented the Town of Massena in
landmark litigation involving the establishment of the Massena
Electric Department, a municipal electric system that benefits from
low-cost hydropower from NYPA as a preference customer under federal
law. He served as the Electric Department's attorney from 1981 to
Judge Nicandri holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from
the University of Rochester and has a J.D. from Albany Law School.
Prior to law school, he served on active duty with the U.S. Navy as
a commissioned officer.
Judge Nicandri is married to the former Lois Anne
Moore. They have three sons and four grandchildren.