There was a news story recently regarding the experience level needed to be a town or village judge. The premise was that no experience is needed for this elected position, and that lack of knowledge can lead to misconduct. I felt it would be prudent to show our residents the vast legal experience and knowledge our Webster town justices have, which makes them more than qualified to hold their elected seats. Webster has two elected town justices in the Hon. Thomas DiSalvo and the Hon. David Corretore.
All non-lawyer town justices are required to take initial training before taking the bench. All town justices must complete a minimum of 12-hours of yearly training. For Webster, both of our town justices are practicing attorneys with law degrees. Much of what they do in private practice mirrors the same type of cases that are before them in Town Court.
Many residents may not be aware of what our town judges are responsible for on a day-to-day basis. The town judges handle misdemeanors through a bench or jury trial and felonies through preliminary hearing or presentation to grand jury. In fact, anyone arrested in Webster from felonies and misdemeanors, to town code violations are brought before our town judges. Other responsibilities include make determinations for setting bail or releasing someone; sentencing people, ranging from unconditional discharge to one year in jail; issuing orders of protection; sending people to drug court, veteran’s court or mental health court; dealing with violations of conditional discharges or probation; presiding over landlord/tenant and small claims cases, and town code violations; handle arraignments, at all hours, including nights, weekends and holidays; and conduct weddings.
Getting to know your town justices
Judge David Corretore
Judge Corretore has been a town justice for 31 years, beginning in 1988, and has presided in over 85,000 cases. He is a graduate of Albany Law School and has been a practicing attorney since 1983. He was admitted to Practice Law in New York State Courts in 1983 and a year later he was admitted to Practice Law in Federal Court — Northern District of New York. Judge Corretore has been a practicing attorney in the village of Webster since 1985. He is a member of the Magistrates’ Association for Monroe County and New York State. Over the years he has also served as an acting Rochester City Court judge and an acting Irondequoit town justice. As a Webster town judge, he has conducted over 1,000 weddings.
Judge Thomas DiSalvo
Judge DiSalvo has been a town justice for 18 years, beginning in 2001. He is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law and has been a practicing attorney since 1983. Since February 1983, Judge DiSalvo has been in the General Practice of Law, which involves trials and appeals of misdemeanors, felonies and civil matters, along with real estate, family law, wills and estates. He was an Adjunct Faculty member at RIT from 1981 to 1991 where he served as an instructor of business law. In Webster, he served as a Conservation Board member from 1993 to 1995, and as Webster deputy town attorney from 1995 to 2001. Judge DiSalvo is a member of the Monroe County Magistrates Association, where he is currently a trustee, as well as, past president. He is also a member of the New York State Magistrates Association and the Monroe County Bar Association. Additionally, Judge DiSalvo has numerous published Legal Decisions in the New York State Reporting System and many published articles.
Residents can be rest assured that the court system in Webster is run by two very experienced and knowledgeable town justices. Both of our town justices are attorneys that are admitted to practice law in New York State. Our community is well served by Judge Corretore and Judge DiSalvo, and I appreciate their dedication to their elected positions, and to our Webster residents.
If you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at