Assemblywoman Galef Hosts Informative Discussion on Dispute Resolution on “Speak Out” with Kent Town Justice J. Peter Collins and Mediator Joyce Mitchell

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef discussed the legal practice of mediation, as well as its advantages and disadvantages versus litigation, on her latest episode of “Speak Out with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef.” J. Peter Collins who is both Kent Town Justice and an attorney at Feldman, Kleidman and Coffey, LLP, spoke about mediation from the perspective of the judge presiding over court during the process, if it undermines his authority, if it is clear when to use a mediator, and how mediation can be used as a cost cutting measure for local municipalities. With his experience as both an attorney and a judge, Judge Collins gives a well rounded perspective of the different aspects and most effective uses of dispute mediation services. Also joining Assemblywoman Galef on the program was Joyce Mitchell, Owner and Mediator at DFFM, Divorce, Family & Financial Mediation as well as a Volunteer Certified Mediator at the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) of Putnam County. Ms. Mitchell shares her knowledge of the mediation field by reviewing what motivated her to pursue this career, the different types of disputes she is asked to resolve, and her opinion on the question of when to use mediation and when to use litigation. Ms. Mitchell provides a viewpoint of both a professional and volunteer mediator on the various applications of mediated resolutions. “Both Judge Collins and Ms. Mitchell provided superb insight on the different aspects of legal mediation,” said Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. “The services offered by mediation can often allow for simpler and more cost efficient resolutions to various disputes, which can be a time and money saving option.” Tune in to cable television on the following days and times to learn more.

“Speak Out: Dispute Resolution with Kent Town Justice J. Peter Collins and Joyce Mitchell” airs as follows: Cablevision Airs: November 13, 20, 27, & December 4 Ossining and Peekskill airs on Channel 15: Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.
(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison, Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)
Wappingers Falls airs on Channel 21: Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.
(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)
Yorktown airs on Channel 74:
Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

(Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley) Comcast Airs: November 13, 20, 27 Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8: Wednesday at 7:30 Verizon FiOS Customers
Please check your local listings for air times