Departments

Public Defender

Mission Statement

“The Allegany County Public Defender’s Office is dedicated to the full and fair representation of all persons in our community who cannot afford legal counsel and are in danger of being deprived of a liberty interest or fundamental right due to a criminal accusation or other statutorily defined state action.

It is the goal of the Public Defender’s Office to protect every client’s constitutional rights and to defend against discriminatory treatment, disproportionate punishment or unjust consequences.  We strive to protect the fundamental rights, liberties and dignity of each person whose case has been entrusted to us by providing effective and competent legal representation.

We are committed to providing mandated legal services in an efficient and cost-effective manner while holding ourselves to the highest professional and ethical standards.”

J.R. Santana Carter

Public Defender

Mailing Address:

7 Court Street, Suite 311
Belmont, New York 14813

j.r.carter@alleganyco.gov

Phone: (585)-268-9246
Fax: (585)-268-5888

PAUL S. DICOLA
Assistant Public Defender

JAY D. CARR
Assistant Public Defender

NATHAN A. MCDANIELS
Assistant Public Defender

MEGAN S. DEAN
Investigative Case Assistant/ILS Data Officer

STEFANIE L. LAVERY
Paralegal

BETSY E. ABRAMOWICZ
Confidential Secretary

MICHELE VISSEAU
Confidential Secretary

Office Hours:
8:30am – 4:00pm

Family Court – updated 4.17.2023
Criminal Court – updated 4.24.2023

NOTICE:

The Public Defenders Office is currently looking to hire for the following positions:

  • Attorney – Position details will be provided at a later date.

Please visit the HR Page for an application and requirements related to applying for positions with the County. Thank you!

Public Defender’s Office Caseload Assignments – updated 4.17.2023

Check back soon for caseload assignment updates

Judge List – updated 4.17.2023