Levine elected as BC Family Court judge

Hollie S. Levine, a lifelong resident of Broome County and of the local Jewish community, has been elected to serve as the next Broome County Family Court judge. Her term of office will begin on Friday, January 1, and will run for 10 years.

Levine is the daughter of  Sharon Samuels Levine Whitbeck and the late Carl Levine. Her paternal grandparents, the late Rubine and Nettie Levine, were founding members of the former Temple Beth El. Her maternal grandparents, the late Ethel and Harry Samuels, were members of Temple Israel.

Levine was bat mitzvahed at Temple Israel and as a child was often at the Jewish Community Center. She and her husband, Brendan Byrnes, are members of Temple Concord. Byrnes is a Federation board member. Levine has served on the Board of Directors of Temple Concord and as Sisterhood president.

She is a graduate of SUNY-Albany and SUNY-Buffalo Law School. She returned to Broome County after law school. Levine said that the choice to live in Broome County enabled her to stay close to her parents and remain in a community in which her roots were deep.

Levine has practiced law in Broome County for 35 years. She began her career at the Broome County Public Defender’s Office. She then worked at the Attorney General’s Office, where she was in charge of the Public Advocacy Bureau. She worked for Broome County establishing a program for the management of the Assigned Counsel Program. Levine also worked at Legal Aid and in private practice. She was a court attorney for Broome County Family Court Judge Herbert Ray. She has worked for Mental Hygiene Legal Service for the past 20 years representing individuals with mental illness or developmental disabilities.

Levine said that her entire career has been dedicated to trying to make people’s lives better. She credits her desire to have a career in public service to the Jewish values she absorbed as a child. She considers the values of tikkun olam, repairing the world, and the values of pursuing justice central to how she lives her life and the work she has done. Levine sees these values as hallmarks of her career and said they will continue to guide her in her new role as a Family Court judge.