Hon. Rachel Kretser
Albany City Court Judge Rachel Kretser is the new chair of the 307-member Judicial Section.
Kretser was appointed to the Albany City Criminal Court in December 2005 and was elected to that position in November 2006. Prior to serving on the bench, Kretser was an assistant attorney general for more than 25 years, serving 13 years as head of the Consumer Fraud Bureau.
A 28-year member of the State Bar, Kretser served as a vice-president representing the third judicial district on the Executive Committee from 2003-2009 and also received the Ruth G. Schapiro Award.
She is president of the New York State Association of City Court Judges and is vice-president of the National Association of Women Judges-New York Chapter. She is a past president of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York and the Capital District Women's Bar Association.