BUFFALO –( release ) Mayor Byron W. Brown today appointed Buffalo attorney Amy C. Martoche to fill the vacant Buffalo City Court judgeship, as a result of the election of Judge Sharon M. LoVallo to Erie County Family Court.
Ms. Martoche was selected after a diligent and public search and review process which included 18 interviews by members of the Corporation Counsel’s Office, who recommended finalists for the Mayor’s consideration. After Mayor Brown conducted multiple interviews, Ms. Martoche was appointed to the $113,900 post.
A 1992 graduate of Cornell University and 1999 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law, Ms. Martoche has been an attorney for twelve years, most recently serving as Partner at Connors & Vilardo, LLP, where her practice included a concentration in complex criminal and civil litigation, and the representation of medical and legal professionals. Prior to her 10 years of employment at Connors & Vilardo, LLP, Ms. Martoche worked at the prestigious Washington, D.C. law firm of Dewey Ballantine, LLP from 2000 to 2001, and served as Confidential Law Clerk to the Honorable Frederick J. Scullin, Jr., Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York from 1999-2000. Ms. Martoche also worked as both a teacher and program director in the Teach for America Program teaching and assisting under-privileged children in Franklin, Louisiana from 1993-1996. Well-regarded by her peers in the legal community, Ms. Martoche is also a frequent lecturer and presenter at legal seminars throughout Erie County.
“I am very pleased to appoint Amy Martoche as Judge to the Buffalo City Court, a candidate who not only possesses impeccable legal credentials but has a passion for serving the City of Buffalo,” stated Mayor Brown. “It was my hope that through a public appointment process, a dynamic candidate would be identified as was the case last year when I had the privilege of appointing Judge Susan Eagan. I have every confidence that we found such a candidate in Amy Martoche, who I believe will be a tough, but compassionate jurist that the citizens of the City of Buffalo can be proud of in Buffalo City Court.”
Ms. Martoche served on the City of Buffalo Board of Education Ethics Commission from 2006-2011, and is also a past member of the New York State Bar Association Task Force on Government Ethics. Currently she is the Chair of the Buffalo Seminary Board of Trustees, and has been a volunteer with AIDS Community Services of Western New York since 2004. Ms. Martoche is also a past member of the University at Buffalo Law Alumni Board of Directors, the University at Buffalo School of Law Mentor Program, the Shakespeare in Delaware Park Board of Directors, and member of the Neighborhood Legal services Board of Directors. Ms. Martoche is also the recipient of several honors and awards including the Athena Young Professional Leadership award in 2009.
“I would like to thank Mayor Brown for his trust and confidence in me and I am honored for the opportunity to serve on the Buffalo City Court,” said Ms. Martoche. “I have a deep passion and love for the City of Buffalo and I accept the Mayor’s appointment with the commitment of serving the citizens of Buffalo to the best of my ability.”
Ms. Martoche resides on Argyle Park with her husband, Timothy Hoover and their daughter Juliana.