An Ogdensburg native, now residing in Morristown, New York, George attended the University of Miami, Syracuse University and then attended Law School at Indiana University where he graduated in 1969. In January of 1970, he was admitted to the New York State Bar Association where he worked as a private attorney trying civil cases. He spent two years in Rochester, New York working for Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP, doing general practice that included real estate, wills, school district, municipalities, and before there was a public defender’s office, he would defend those who could not afford and attorney. After returning to the North Country, from 1976 until 1983 he was elected Special Judge for the City of Ogdensburg. He was then elected as City Court Judge from June 1983 until December 2010 when he retired.
With an increase in court cases being tried in City Court each year, Judge Silver was instrumental in the creation and establishment of the Ogdensburg City Drug Treatment Court. This was the first one in the 4th Judicial District. This program has helped decrease the number of drug and alcohol-repeat offenders by 84 percent. He also conducted numerous Town and Village Justice Court Seminars, and supervised the renovation of the City Courtrooms. Judge Silver is a past President of the New York Association of City Court Judges. After his retirement from City Court Judge in 2010, he has been state-appointed judicial hearing officer for the state’s Fourth Judicial District, and has returned to private practice at Silver & Collins.
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