STAR OF BROOKLYN: Judge Arthur Schack

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Arthur Schack has been very involved in his community in the 34 years he has lived in Bay Ridge. Before he became a Supreme Court justice of Kings County, he served on Community Board 10 for 15 years, in several different positions, including treasurer for two years, board chair for three years, and on the Youth Services Committee for 10 years.

He has also been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for many years. He is a past president of the Brooklyn Council Executive Board Troop 20 at the New Utrecht Reformed Church, and a troop chairperson. He has received the Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth and the George Meany Award from the Boy Scouts of America for his service.

CAREER: Schack has had a long, successful career in education and law, but the greatest achievement of his career has been being named a Supreme Court justice. “It’s an opportunity to prove justice and fairness to the people in the community,” Schack said. “This is the best job in the world. I’m thankful I don’t mind getting up in the morning.”

PERSONAL LIFE: The greatest achievement of Schack’s personal life is his successful marriage to his wife, Dilia, and the accomplishments of his two children, Elaine, who is an attorney, and Douglas, a New York City police sergeant.

AWARDS: Schack has received the Albert Lee Smallheiser Award from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the Ecumenical Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kings County.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Schack’s biggest challenge is finding time to balance it all. “Between my job, making decisions, plus my family, it’s really about balancing it all out,” he noted.

MOTIVATION: Schack’s greatest motivation for doing all that he does for the community is his conviction that helping those in need is crucial. “I believe that public service is important,” said Schack. “As a judge, I’m involved in that. I want to help people.”

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