As a fourth-generation Yorktown resident, a mother and a teacher, I have seen a wide variety of community educational collaborations of the Yorktown Justice Court under the guidance of Judge Sal Lagonia. In his eight years of being our judge, he has established a working relationship with the school districts and community based organizations. Our three local high schools, Yorktown, Walter Panas and Lakeland, are linked to the Yorktown Justice Court via the mock trial teams, internship programs and civic programs.
For the past three years, the Yorktown Justice Court, in collaboration with Mohansic School, coordinated and hosted the Mohansic School Law Day Trial and Tour. This enabled the first graders to learn about the law/order process through mock trials based on fables.
Judge Lagonia has been involved with Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK), the Yorktown Teen Center and Yorktown Against Heroin. He has been a guest speaker and presenter for the various programs of ASK, including its annual Save-a-Life conference.
The above is just a sampling. Judge Lagonia is also an advocate of having the arts/music to promote positive outlets for our youth. When all said and done, Judge Lagonia has done more in his two terms to establish a relationship with our school districts and community than any other previous judges.