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Judge Dave Truesdale is the Town of Porter Citizen of the Year

by jpauly
Mon, Apr 4th 2016 02:50 pm

 Town of Porter Citizen of the Year

Honorable David Truesdale


Town of Porter Justice David Truesdale has been chosen by Supervisor, Merton Wiepert and Council as the 2016 Town of Porter Citizen of the Year.  With just under thirty five years as a public servant, Dave has provided leadership and has created an example of good citizenship while enhancing the well-being of the community.

Dave loves living in this part of Niagara County. He owns one hundred and twenty five acres of farmland with his brother.  Dave is a lifelong resident of the Town of Porter and graduated from Lewiston-Porter in 1966. The quality of life is unparalleled and living in the Town of Porter gives him the benefit of serving two distinct communities of Youngstown and Ransomville.  This means two great historical societies, two great libraries, and two great garden clubs to name a few perks.

As Town of Porter Justice for the past thirty five years, Dave has enjoyed the variety of his job in his ninth term, from having a positive influence on those he works with, adjudication of traffic, criminal, environmental and civil cases, to sentencing couples to life...with marriage. Dave also held a part time position with the Town of Porter Highway Department for over thirty years.   Dave's thirty two year teaching career at Wilson Central School where he taught fifth and sixth grades has coincided nicely with his role as Town Justice.   He completed his graduate studies at Niagara University in 1975, and completed his basic judicial training through the New York State Unified Court System in 1981, while successfully completing advanced training each year since then.

Dave has served on several committees within the Town of Porter and as a member of the Town of Porter Recreation Committee.  The development of Porter on the Lake Park is one of the projects he has loved seeing come to fruition.  He has been a member of the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company for the past forty years, having held the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, Trustee, Assistant Chief and now Treasurer for most of those years!  He also served as Chairman / Co-Chairman of the Fire Company Field Days and/or Parade for over thirty five years.  He is also a Past President of the Niagara County Magistrates Association.

In his free time, you can find Dave restoring vintage vehicles including a 1932 Mack Vintage Firetruck.  His 1955 Ford Firetruck made an appearance in the 2015 Youngstown Labor Day Parade and hopes to make additional appearances this year.  He has also volunteered as a flight attendant providing snacks and care for the animals with Pilots for Paws, a non-profit animal rescue and transport organization.  Now you can find him at night court every Tuesday, with Justice Wayne Pollow serving on Wednesday evenings.

The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, Supervisor Merton Wiepert and the Town of Porter fellow Councilmen are proud to honor the Honorable David Truesdale as the Town of Porter Citizen of the Year.


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