Dutchess County Court Judge Peter M. Forman is a lifelong resident of Beacon. He graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School, LeMoyne College and the University of Dayton School of Law.
Forman served as a prosecutor in the Dutchess District Attorney's office, as law clerk to County Court Judge Thomas J. Dolan and as Beacon City Attorney before his election to Family Court in 1999.
While serving as Family Court Judge, Forman created the Dutchess County Family Treatment Court and the Juvenile Treatment Court, and presided over both for more than eight years.
Judge Forman was elected to the County Court bench in 2010 and presides over the Diversion Court, which facilitates the recovery of defendants charged with non-violent felonies who are battling substance abuse and addiction.
During his 20 years on the bench Judge Forman has remained active in the Dutchess County community, having served as:
- President, Dutchess County Bar Association
- President, Exchange Club of Southern Dutchess
- President, Parish Council of St. Joachim-St. John the Evangelist Church (Beacon)
- Member, adjunct faculty, Marist College (Family Law, Criminal Justice)
- Member, adjunct faculty, Dutchess Community College (Family Law, Criminal Justice)
Judge Forman lives on the family homestead in Beacon with his wife of 40 years, Anne, who is an artist and retired educator. They have raised three daughters -- Kathryn Ortiz, Maureen Forman and Becky Forman -- and have two wonderful granddaughters, Maeve and Ysolt.