Obituary of Stephen Safranko
Judge Stephen A. Safranko, 77, passed away on July 27, 2017. He was born in New York City, moved to Albany at 4 years old, and was a graduate of the Albany Academy, Union College, and Boston University School of Law.
Stephen was admitted to the bar in the State of New York in 1968, and he began his legal career serving as an assistant public defender for Albany County. In 1978, Stephen was appointed Recorder and Traffic Court Judge by the late Mayor Erastus Corning II; and, he served as Albany City Court Judge until 1996. Stephen also served as the president of the Albany-Schenectady Magistrates Association. He enjoyed working with clients in his own private practice until his passing.
Stephen served in leadership capacities for many civic organizations. In 1988, he received the B’nai B’rith Covenant Award, and earlier this year, was honored to receive the Sidney Albert Albany JCC Pillars of the Community Award with his wife.
Judge Safranko was a proud life-long member of Congregation Beth Emeth where he served as a member of the Board of Trustees and of the selection committee that selected Rabbi Scott Shpeen. He was an officer and President of B’nai B’rith Gideon Lodge 140 and Parkview Apartments, and President of Daughters of Sarah Jewish Foundation. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Greater Albany Jewish Federation and as as a member of the Albany-Schenectady Merger Committee for the United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York. Stephen also was a past Chancellor Commander of the Albany City Lodge 540 Knights of Pythias.
Stephen was a board member for the Leukemia Society, Home Aid Service of Eastern New York, Chapel House, the New York State Holocaust Commission, the Albany Tricentennial Commission, and the Albany Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. He was also a Director of the Arbor Hill CommunityJudge Stephen A. Safranko, 77, passed away on July 27, 2017. He was born in New York City, moved to Albany at 4 years old, and was a graduate of the Albany Academy, Union College, and Boston University School of Law.
Center and a member of the Allocations Committee of the United Way of Northeastern New York.
Judge Safranko was the son of the late Abraham and Anne Safranko. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Ellen Tinkle Safranko; his sister, Judith Safranko; and his children Abby and Marc Nash, and Andrew and Julie Safranko. Stephen was also the proud grandfather of Arielle Nash and Alexis and Chad Safranko.
Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, at Congregation Beth Emeth, 100 Academy Road, Albany. Following services, Judge Safranko will be laid to rest at the Congregation Beth Emeth cemetery. The period of mourning will take place at the Safranko home, 113 Orlando Avenue on Sunday following the burial and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday night.
Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to Congregation Beth Emeth, the Daughters of Sarah Senior Community, or the Dr. Douglas North Scholarship Fund at the Albany Academy.