About Judge Richard J. McCord
Judge 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
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.