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Certified New York Realtime Court Reporters
Congratulations to the following NYSCRA members who have earned the New York Realtime Court Reporter (NYRCR) certification since its October 2013 inception:

Elizabeth A. Black, CSR, RMR, CRR, NYRCR
Meredith A. Bonn, CSR, RPR, NYRCR
Francesca Cioffi, RPR, CM, CSR, NYRCR, NYACR
Michael D. DeVito, CSR, RPR, CRR, NYRCR
Donna Evans, NYRCR
Toni Ann Figueroa, NYRCR
Suzanne M. Gillson, CSR, RMR, NYRCR
Mirabai Knight, NYRCR
Ashley M. Knights, RPR, NYRCR
Sharon Lengel, NYRCR
Debra A. Levinson, CSR, RMR, CRR, CMRs, NYRCR
Kerry A. Meegan, RPR, CRR, CSR, NYRCR
Vincent J. Palombo, RMR, CRR, NYRCR
Marita Petrera, RPR, CRR, NYRCR
Pamela Palomeque, RPR, CRR, NYRCR
Bonnie Piccirillo, NYRCR, NYACR
Ashley Principe, RPR, RMR, NYRCR
Rachel Simone, NYRCR
Amanda Thelema, RPR, NYRCR
Terry-Ann Volberg, NYRCR
Francesca Cioffi, RPR, CM, CSR, NYRCR

Certified New York Association Certified Reporters
Congratulations to the following NYSCRA members who have earned the New York Association Certified Reporter certification since its May 2015 inception:

Chris Shin, NYACR
Ingrid Andersen, NYACR
Karen Bianchi, NYACR
Kathy Smith, NYACR
Diana Smith, NYACR
Molly Chino, NYACR, NYRCR
Marisa Nold, NYACR
Ashley Kleinschmidt, NYACR, NYRCR
Melissa Lindholm, NYRCR, NYACR
Kelly Coccho, NYRCR
Gabrielle Cardelli, NYACR
Elizabeth Brucie, NYACR, RCR
Julie A. Wick, NYSACR
Francesca Cioffi, RPR, CM, CSR, NYRCR, NYACR
Noah Collin, NYACR
Mary Agnes Drury, RPR, NYACR
Bonnie Piccirillo, NYRCR, NYACR
Diane V. Salters, RPR, NYACR


Welcome to the New York State Court Reporters Association (NYSCRA) website. 



An Important Message from NYSCRA



Non-members can attend the test prep classes for a registration fee of $50.00.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 29!!!

Once again, NYSCRA is announcing our test prep dictation classes in anticipation of the New York Civil Service lower court test being administered on June 29, 2019.  These classes are FREE to members, so if you are not a member now is a great time to join and take advantage of the classes. To become a member, please click below.

Membership Application

The test prep classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. so that every one of our members has the chance to attend and have the benefit of this opportunity.  There is also a plan to give test prep classes focusing on the written knowledge portion of the court test. 

  • Saturday classes begin June 1st through June 22nd at 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Tuesday night classes begin June 4th through June 25th at 6-9 p.m.

The classes are being held at Plaza College, located at 118-33 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, New York, on both Tuesday and Saturday.  If you attend a Tuesday night class, you won't be able to attend the Saturday class, and vice versa.  We will be live streaming the classes, so if you are unable to attend in person you can attend via the live streaming.

To register for any of the sessions please click below: 

NYSCRA Test Prep Class Registration

Please call the NYSCRA Headquarters at 856-283-7816 if you have any questions or need assistance.

Nancy Silberger 
NYSCRA President


These test prep classes will be taught by leaders in the industry and experienced instructors.  Below is information on the people leading the test prep classes.  This is an opportunity you do not want to miss! 

Realtime Center for Learning, Inc., President/Director/owner
Realtime Captioning, LLC, President/owner
Spanning more than 55 years in the court reporting profession, as an official court reporter, freelancer and court reporting teacher, Harriet’s career reflects a desire to help the industry move forward by embracing the technology that became available in the 1990s. Honing her skills in corporate management for several years, Harriet saw an urgent need for changes in the CR industry and opened a new kind of court reporting agency; she founded Realtime Reporting, Inc. and it opened for business in January 1998. The company was named the best court reporting firm on Long Island for 2007 and2008 by the Long Island Business News readership.  In October of 2008, Harriet retired as President of Realtime Reporting, Inc. She launched Realtime Center for Learning, Inc. in 2006, a new kind of court reporting school, blending both in-house and distance learning training in a self-paced curriculum so that graduates will have the basics to become realtime reporters, and/or CART providers or broadcast captioners.

Joshua Edwards works full-time providing Communication Access Realtime Translation in college classes, business meetings, disability workshops, as well as entertainment venues. He teaches English for Court Reporting at Plaza College. He is a mentor with NCRA and President-elect of NYSCRA. He has earned the designations of Registered Professional Reporter, Certified Realtime Reporter, Registered Merit Reporter, and Registered Diplomate Reporter. In his seven years of being in the field, he has worked as a freelance reporter, an agency manager, and federal official in New York.

Karen Santucci, is the Court Reporting Program Director at Plaza College, located in Forest Hills, N.Y. Karen’s experience with Court Reporting spans over 25 years. She began as a reporter at the Grand Jury in Queens County where she worked over ten years. After a brief hiatus to raise a family, Karen returned to Court Reporting as an Instructor at Long Island Business Institute in Commack, N.Y.  She has also taught at Business Informatics in Valley Stream, N.Y., and Realtime Center for Learning in Garden City, N.Y. As a Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI), Karen has a passion for teaching and is dedicated to encouraging the development and advancement of the profession. She currently serves as Vice President of the New York State Court Reporters Association (NYSCRA), and was the Co-Chair of the 2018 Annual Convention.

Dominick has been reporting for 56 years:  20 years as an official in the New York State court system, 15 as a freelance reporter and principal, and is now in his 21st year as a federal reporter.    Mr. Tursi taught reporting at The Verbatim School of Court Reporting, the school he founded, and was one of the first East Coast reporters to use a computer for transcription, writing realtime in 1988 – before the term was coined.  Dom has reported around the globe and was one of the first reporters to internationally telecommunicate steno – in 1988! He has lectured from Beijing to Belgium – to law firms, reporting schools, and to peers.  He has authored numerous reporting monographs and recently published “The Legends of Shorthand.”  He is a three-time NYS Speed Contest Champion, with a perfect paper at 280 wpm.  Dom also holds the World Speed Record - writing 300 wpm for 5 minutes, a record unbroken for more than 36 years.







NYSCRA is pleased to announce that the New York State Unified Court System will now recognize our voluntary certifications, the RCR and ACR, for provisional employment.  Our ACR and RCR members are immediately eligible to earn above-average salaries and receive both medical and vacation benefits.

Voluntary Certification Committee Chair, Debra A. Levinson, CSR-RMR-CRR-RCR, worked closely with OCA to encourage them to recognize NYSCRA’s certifications.  This means that members who hold the RCR or ACR certifications are not required to take an assessment test for an available position.  

We anticipate many reporters registering for our association’s voluntary exams. “Having that ACR or RCR is now like an insurance policy. You never know when the need for an employment change may present itself, and the NYS court system offers a really excellent package,” said Debra A. Levinson.

Plan now for the present or your future. Live practice dictation will be offered to our members for a nominal fee beginning in January 2019. Check back in 2019 for further information.


The New York State Court Reporters Association 2018 Convention was held October 12-14, 2018 at the fabulous Melville Marriott Long Island.





 Below are some pictures taken at the convention.  It was a great time of learning, networking, and friendship.




As President of NYSCRA, I welcome you to our website and invite you to explore all that your Association offers.

We have several member discounts you can take advantage of.  You can find them under "The Association" tab.  If you know of any business who would like to offer the Association member discounts, please feel free to forward their contact information to me.  

Remember, 2019 is a great year for you to get involved with NYSCRA.  You can join a committee, offer suggestions of what you, as a member, would like your Association to address or let us know who/what you might like to see at our 2020 Convention. 

I look forward to making 2019 a great year for our members and NYSCRA.

Nancy Silberger, President



NYSCRA is happy to reinstate its mentoring program, matching working reporters with students in the court reporting schools.  If you'd be interested in helping these future reporters by mentoring them and providing tips and encouragement, please contact me at   

Welcome your NEW 2017-2018 NYSCRA Board

Nancy Silberger, President

Joshua Edwards, President-Elect

Karen Santucci, Vice-President

Jean Beskin, Secretary/Treasurer

Meredith Bonn, Immediate Past President


First Department

Debra Levinson

Howie Gresh


Second Department

Susan Marrone

Reid Goldsmith


Third Department

Renee Leguire

Diane Molas

Harriet Brenner


Fourth Department

Maia Colucci

Elizabeth Brucie

Margaret Carney


At Large

Diane Salters

Denise Paternoster

Charisse Kitt

Renew your Membership NOW!  Don't delay, click the "renew membership button" at the top right of the page and enter your login information or downlaod the form available at the link below.


2019 NYSCRA Membership Application Form (PDF)


Being part of YOUR professional association could not be easier! Remember, UNITED we stand!
 Check out this video from the NYSCRA Former President talking about the benefits of membership!




New Reporter Job Openings are available.  Click here to see what opportunities are available to you!



A vibrant website is the contemporary gateway to a robust organization. The financial assistance of these contributors has enabled the 2015 creation of this modern, informative, and helpful face of the association. The Officers and Board of NYSCRA are forever grateful to these generous supporters:
Kathleen Arent-Burdzy, Jean H. Beskin, Harriet Brenner-Gettleman, Annette Forbes, Anthony D. Frisolone, Lori L. Strong, Dominick M. Tursi, Stephen A. Zinone,


Contact NYSCRA
P: 856-283-7816
F: 856-210-1619
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