Chief Clerk in Brooklyn Criminal Term gave up a career in art for 45 years in the courts
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Chief Clerk in Brooklyn Criminal Term gave up a career in art for 45 years in the courts

Daniel Alessandrino is on his his 45th year on the job. In a courthouse, it is the judges who make all of the decisions, but everyone who works in the courts knows that the people who actually run the daily tasks are the clerks. In Brooklyn’s Supreme Court, Criminal Term, the person running the show is Chief Clerk Daniel Alessandrino. Alessandrino has served the court system for 45 years now and has been the chief clerk for the past eight, but his is an illustrious career that might not have ever happened if he had followed in his father’s footsteps and become a commercial artist instead. “My father was a commercial artist, and I was an illustrator who thought that he was going to follow is his footsteps,” Alessandrino recalled. “But that was, and still is, a very tough industry to get into. Once I didn’t get accepted into Cooper Union, that sort of faded away.” Alessandrino, who was born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, instead went on to apply for a job as a court officer and started his extended career in Brooklyn’s Criminal Court at 120 Schermerhorn St. as a 20-year-old starting in 1973. That was […]

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