Maritza Fugaro-Norton for Cortlandt Town Justice
Mrs. Fugaro-Norton earned a law degree from Pace University School of Law in 2003 and obtained her undergraduate degree from Manhattan College in 2000. She was admitted to practice law in the Second Judicial Department in 2004. Her legal career began as bi-lingual staff attorney at the Pace Women’s Justice Center where she represented victims of domestic violence and litigated all family law matters on their behalf. Thereafter, Mrs. Fugaro-Norton worked for a private law firm in Yonkers, New York handling a wide variety of cases including Matrimonial and Family Law, Criminal Law, Bankruptcy Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Real Estate transactions and appearing in the local, State and Federal courts. Mrs. Fugaro-Norton currently is an Associate Court Attorney for a Westchester County Family Court Judge in White Plains. Family Court is an extremely busy court. Being constantly presented with difficult facts and circumstances, her main role is to advise the Judge on the law at issue in each case and help her apply it judiciously. Additionally, her responsibilities include assisting the judge during trial, researching issues, drafting decisions and conferencing cases with parties and their counsel to help settle matters without the need for trial. Mrs. Fugaro-Norton is admitted to practice before the Courts in the State of New York, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Mrs. Fugaro-Norton was born and raised in Yonkers, New York. Her mother is an immigrant from Venezuela. She moved to the Town of Cortlandt in 2006 with her husband, Michael Norton, and have raised their 3 children, Gisela, Larena and Landon, who attend the Lakeland Central Schools and are involved with community sports and events. Mrs. Fugaro-Norton has been a district leader for the Cortlandt Democratic Committee for the last 7 years and also involved with her children’s school including going into her 4th year as secretary of the VanCortlandtville Elementary school PTA. She was a competitive figure skater as a child and remains involved in the sport by teaching others to learn to skate. Mrs. Fugaro would be honored and a privileged to preside as Justice over the community she calls home and bring a needed change to the Town of Cortlandt Judiciary.