2017 Elections

In accordance with the NYSCRA bylaws, the Nominating Committee and the Board is excited to offer up this slate of candidates.  We have two contested positions that will need to be voted on by the membership.
Here are the contested elections along with the bios for those running for those positions. 
After reviewing the candidates, please vote for which candidate you would like to have for that position.  All other candidates will be elected to their respective positions since they are running unopposed.    
Ballots will close on November 26, 2017
Members will receive an email on how to cast their vote.
President Elect
Joshua Edwards
In just six years since joining the profession, Joshua Edwards has earned the Registered Professional Reporter, Registered Merit Reporter, and Registered Diplomate Reporter certifications.   He is also a Certified Realtime Reporter, a New Jersey Certified Court Reporter, a mentor for both the National Court a Reporters Association and the New York State Court Reporters Association and a member of the United States Court Reporters Association.  He worked in freelance for four years before being hired to be an Official Federal Court Reporter, and then left court to manage a deposition agency in New York City.  Now Joshua is a full time CART provider for college classes, meetings where he projects for the audience, and remote CART for online webinars.  Joshua mentors students for both NYSCRA and NCRA. In Las Vegas at the NCRA convention he qualified for the first time on the 220 wpm literary.
Charisse Kitt
I am coming up to my 25th year in court reporting, having graduated from Stenotype Academy in May of 1993. Immediately upon graduation, I landed a job with Diamond Court Reporting, which began my four-year freelance stint, working with various court reporting agencies.  In 1997, I became an Official Court Reporter in Brooklyn Criminal Court and later transferring to the Bronx Criminal Court. In 2000, I was promoted to Bronx Supreme Court as a Senior Court Reporter, until 2005, when I resigned and relocated to Atlanta Georgia.  While residing in Georgia from 2006 to 2011, I was an Official Court Reporter with the Fulton County Superior Court (equivalent to NYS Supreme Court).
In 2011, I decided to relocate back to New York, upon which I took an Official Court Reporter position with the Eastern District of New York Federal Court.  In 2015, I was reinstated as a Senior Court Reporter with New York State Supreme Court.  I currently work in the Civil Division at 60 Centre Street.
My career achievements include receiving the New York State Certified Shorthand Reporter, CSR (2003); Registered Professional Reporter, RPR (2001); Federal Certified Realtime Reporter, FCRR (2010); Registered Merit Reporter, RMR (2013); and Certificate in Realtime Systems Administration (NCRA) 2016.
I currently serve as a Board Member with NYSCRA.  I am the co-chairperson for the Teacher/Student Committee with NCRA, also having served in the past year on their Student Committee.  I mentor many students and new reporters.
I am the mother of three sons: De’Shawn, Jaelen and Jarett, and the grandmother of two granddaughters:  Kailey and Nala. 
Vice President
Christopher Day
Christopher Day began as a deposition reporter in New York City in June 2010. With an eye towards making the field more collegial than competitive, he spent his free time assisting fellow reporters with software and computer issues. In May 2014, Chris tested for a temporary position at the New York County Grand Jury and came on as a Grand Jury Reporter for the New York County District Attorney’s Office. By February 2015, he returned to the freelance arena. He tested and qualified as a New York State Unified Court System Court Reporter and Senior Court Reporter, and accepted a job as an Official Court Reporter for the New York City Criminal Court, Kings County, in December 2015. As of Summer 2017, he launched stenonymous.com, a blog focused on New York City reporting, intent on helping to coach new reporters, and encourage not-so-new reporters to take an interest in the field and its vibrance.
Karen Santucci
KAREN SANTUCCI, is the Court Reporting Program Advisor and Success Coach at Plaza College, located in Forest Hills, NY.
Karen’s experience with Court Reporting spans over 25 years. She began as a Reporter at the Grand Jury in Queens County, and then as the Assistant Supervisor of the Grand Jury Reporters in the Queens District Attorney’s office, wherein she supervised a staff of 12 reporters, and coordinated and oversaw all aspects of scheduling the Grand Jury Reporters.
After a brief hiatus, to raise a family, Karen returned to Court Reporting as an Instructor at Long Island Business Institute, in Commack, NY. She has also taught at Business Informatics in Valley Stream, NY, and Realtime Center for Learning in Garden City, NY.
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 on the Board of the New York State Court Reporters Association (NYSCRA), and has co-chaired the 2016 Annual Convention. She has also chaired two of the Court Reporting and Captioning Week meet & greets. Karen helped organize the spring test prep classes and participated in all sessions which were held at Plaza College. Karen has been selected as the incoming chair of the 2018 Annual Convention.
A resident of Garden City, Karen received her Bachelor of Science degree from Plaza College. Karen is an active participant in numerous civic and charitable endeavors and shares her passion for community service with friends and colleagues.
She is dedicated to help grow this profession and make Plaza College the elite New York College for court reporting. She is truly committed to encouraging the future of court reporting.

The non contested seats are as follows:

President: Nancy Silberger
Treasurer: Jean Beskin
Fourth Department:
     Elizabeth Brucie
     Margaret Carney 
Third Department:
      Renee Leguire
      Harriet Brenner


Contact NYSCRA
P: 856-283-7816
F: 856-210-1619
Email: contact@nyscra.org
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