Judge Craig D. Hannah  Sworn In As  Buffalo City Court Chief Judge 

pictured above:Chief Judge Hannah is sworn in as wife and daughter look on. Photo Ronnie Tillman

The Hon. Craig D. Hannah was officially sworn in as the Chief Judge of Buffalo City Court on Tuesday, September 17  in the Ceremonial Court Room of Buffalo City Court.   Judge Hannah, 49, has been serving as Chief Judge since Judge Thomas P. Amodeo’s retirement in May of this year.  

The ceremony was  presided over by the Hon. Eugene M. Fahey, Associate Court of Appeals Judge.  The Hon. Paula L. Feroleto, Administrative Judge of the Eighth Judicial District, gave the welcoming remarks.  Remarks were also  scheduled to be given by   the Hon. Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Majority Leader of the NYS Assembly; the Hon. Byron W. Brown, Mayor of Buffalo; Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan; Attorney John V. Elmore and Police Officer Roscoe Henderson, III.  Blessings will be offered by Rev. Dwayne Jones, Pastor, Mt. Aaron Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. Kenneth A. Simmons, Pastor, Cold Springs Bible Chapel; and Rev. Ronald Coleman, Pastor, Faith Is the Victory Tabernacle. 

Judge Hannah has been serving as a City Court Judge since January 2006.  On May 1, 2019, he was appointed Chief Judge of the Buffalo City Court and Supervising Judge for the 11 City Courts within the Eight Judicial District.  He has risen to national fame as the presiding judge of the first opioid intervention court in the United States, established in May 2017. 

He has been featured by such major publications as the New York Times, NBC News, the Denver Post and HBO Vice News.  Judge Hannah prides himself on working with participants at a one-on-one level and “meeting them where they are” with their recovery. 

Those who have completed the program credit Judge Hannah with saving theirs lives while he humbly defers and states that all the praise and credit is due to the participant! 

Judge Hannah is a native of Western New York, a graduate of Canisius College, and a member of the UB School of Law Dean’s Advisory Council.  He is married to Angela Hannah, and they have a lovely daughter, Taylor Marie Hannah. Congratulations Judge Hannah!