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Donald J. Snyder

Chairman

Donald J SnyderB.S., Siena College;
J.D. & L.L.B., Albany Law School;
A.A., Herkimer County Community College

Donald J. Snyder, of West Winfield, was appointed to the Herkimer County Community College Board of Trustees on June 10, 1991, and has served as Chairman since November 15, 2001. Mr. Snyder is a semi-retired attorney providing counsel since 2002 to the firm of Cosentino, Snyder & Quinn. He was a partner with Cosentino, Snyder & Snyder from 1966 to 1998, specializing in real estate closings, title examinations, personal and corporate income taxes, estate and probate matters, personal injury/DWI/traffic, foreclosure/bankruptcy, estate planning and Will preparation, and presently serves as defense attorney for numerous insurance carriers as counsel to the law firm of Gitto and Neifer of Binghamton and New Hartford. Mr. Snyder also served as assistant District Attorney, in traffic matters, for Herkimer County from 1966 to 1978.

Mr. Snyder served as Senior Court Attorney for Judge Henry LaRaia of the Herkimer County Family Court from 1991 to 2002. He also was attorney for the Town of Winfield (1970-1998), Village of West Winfield (1966 to 1978), and Mount Markham Central School (1971 to 1998).

Mr. Snyder earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Siena College and Juris Doctor and L.L.B degrees from Albany Law School. Upon his retirement, as Court Attorney, he enrolled at Herkimer County Community College and earned an Associate in Arts degree in Fine Arts.

Mr. Snyder has been a member of the Herkimer County, Oneida County, New York State and American Bar Associations since 1966, and served as President of the Herkimer County Bar Association from 1995-97. Mr. Snyder serves as Vice-Chairman of the Herkimer County Planning Board. He is a member of the board of directors of the Herkimer County College Foundation, the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York and Mohawk Valley Estate Planning Council. Mr. Snyder is the Lead Counsel for Our Lady of Lourdes Charitable Trust (2003 to present) and has served as Parish Counsel President, Finance Chairman and Building Committee Chairman. He has held numerous offices and memberships in a variety of organizations including: Fleet Bank Regional Board: Rotary Club of West Winfield; American Legion; Yahnundasis Golf Club, serving as President since 2006; Cedar lake Golf Club; West Winfield Library; Central New York Abstract Corp; and Mt. Markham Central School Board, President 1970-1971. Mr. Snyder was honorably discharged as a Captain from the United States Army Infantry.

Mr. Snyder was named an honorary member of The Utica College Alumni in 2012. On his 75th birthday, on July 10, 2013, Mr. Snyder was honored with a dedication of the Donald J. Snyder Corridor, also known as “Don’s Way,” located between the Library Building and Johnson Hall. A bronze plaque is displayed in the corridor as a lasting testament to Mr. Snyder’s dedication and love for Herkimer County Community College.

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