The Honorable William A. Carter

3rd Judicial District - Albany County Court,

Biography

The Hon. William A. Carter is a judge for the Albany County Court in the Third Judicial District of New York. He was elected to the County Court in 2017. Prior to sitting on the County Court, Judge Carter served as a judge for the Albany City Court from 2002 to 2016. At the time of his election to the County Court, Judge Carter filled the seat vacated by the retirement of the Hon. Stephen Herrick (Ret.).

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Carter received his B.S. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1981. Then, after working for six years as a state trooper with the New York State Police, he went on to earn his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University in 1991.

He began his legal career as an assistant district attorney with the Albany County District Attorney’s Office in 1991. Three years later, Carter became an assistant attorney general with the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

The following year, he left the public sector to enter into private practice, joining the Law Offices of Castillo and Associates in 1995 and practicing there until 2001. While in private practice, Carter also served as an associate capital defender with the New York State Capital Defender’s Office from 1997 to 2001.

Carter then rejoined the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, where he served briefly as chief assistant district attorney until his appointment to the City Court bench.

He was appointed to the Albany City Court in 2002 by then-Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings. The following year, Judge Carter was elected to the City Court bench and was then re-elected to the seat in 2013. He remained on the City Court until his election to the Albany County Court in 2017.

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