About Judge Richard J. McCord


After learning of his election victory, Judge McCord
is pictured here alongside is wife, Maryann
and daughters, Courtney and Amanda.

Even as they recover from hurricane Sandy, Glen Cove voters emerged from dark, cold homes to cast their votes in the November 6th election. In an overwhelming victory The Hon. Richard J. McCord has once again been elected to the position of Glen Cove City Court Judge. “I am so grateful to the residents of Glen Cove to once again be given the opportunity to serve the City in this capacity.” said McCord. Since 1988 Richard McCord has served Glen Cove as the City Court Judge. Bringing a firm, fair hand to justice in Glen Cove McCord enthusiastically looks forward to the next six year term.

Scales of JusticeJudge McCord brings to Glen Cove vast legal credentials, including:

  • Partner and practicing attorney in private law firm
  • Trustee, Chapter 7 Panel, U.S. Bankruptcy court, Eastern District of New York
  • Member, Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court, Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of New York, U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd District; U.S. Supreme Court



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Judge McCord Honored by YMCA as Adult Volunteer of the Year in 2011

From Glen Cove's young people to our senior residents, Judge Richard McCord gets involved. In addition to lecturing at local high schools, he started the first Teen Court Program in Nassau County. After completing a training program at their schools, teens serve as judges, attorneys and juries on real cases involving young defendants accused of low-level crimes, Active in the Long Island mentoring program, Judge McCord participates in Shadow Days in which young people are invited to spend a day in the life of a city court judge.

He helped initiate "Teen Night at the Y", a free program offered every Saturday ngiht at the Glen Cove YMCA for all teens aged 13 to 17, providing safe, enjoyable entertainment for local youth. Judge McCord has also been a key participant in the PRIDE Project Coalition, dedicated to the elimination of alcohol and substance abuse in Glen Cove.

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Judge McCord with National Night Out 2010 Co-Honoree 
District Attorney Kathleen Rice

During his tenure as Chairman of the Glen Cove YMCA, the Treiber Outdoor Center was completed, and the nursery school and fitness center were expanded. In addition, McCord is also a regular visitor at Glen Cove's assisted lviing and nursing facilities, as well as at the Senior Center. 


Richard McCord's outstanding service to our community has not gone unrecognized. In 2010, Judge McCord was honored at the National Night Out Against Crime for his innovative approach to dealing with teen offenders in the Teen Court. In 2011, he was voted Vounteer of the Year by the YMCA for his many years of meritorious service to the Y.

Having presided over many thousands of cases since ascending to the bench in 1988, Judge McCord is known for treating everyone who appears in his courtroom with the same firm yet fair approach. Today, he presides over jury trials, both criminal and civil, handling approximately 80 to 100 cases on most calendar days. Judge McCord's excellence in performance has been repeatedly recognized by the Nassau County and New York State judicial systems.

Today, under Richard McCord's guidance, the Glen Court has become widely known as one of the finest courts in Nassau County.  Judge McCord's accomplishments have included updating record keeping procedures through implementation of a new computer system, and the complete re-organization and modernization of the scofflaw system for the enforcement of parking violations and New York State vehicle and traffic infractions. He conducts lecture series on developments and changes in the law for residents. Additionally, he created a partnership with the Glen Cove Beautification Commission, The Glen Cove Animal Lovers League and other local organizations so that defendants sentenced to community service would render it for the benefit of the citizens of Glen Cove.

Richard McCord's passion for public service began early, earning a bachelor's degree in political science at Columbia University in 1977. By 1979, even before graduating from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, Richard McCord had taken a position as an assembly legislative aide. He soon began building an impressive resume of government experience with a stint from 1980 to 1983 as Glen cove's deputy mayor and legislative aide to the Nassau Board of Supervisors. He joined the glen Cove Housing Authority in 1982, becoming its chairman in 1985 and served in that capacity for two years.

From 1988 through 1994, Richard McCord served as Associate Court Judge to the Hon. Joseph Vetrone. In 1995 he succeed Judge Vetrone in the elected position of Administrative city court Judge, taking on full supervisory responsbility of Glen Cove's court system.