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Coleman, elected in November, resigns as coroner

Dr. Andrea “Cricket” Coleman
July 18, 2018 11:35 pm

HUDSON – The Columbia County Board of Supervisors will be looking to replace the county’s most recently elected coroner.

Dr. Andrea “Cricket” Coleman, of Claverack, stepped down July 13, citing personal reasons, she said Wednesday.

Coleman was elected in November, winning about 55 percent of the vote, according to the county Board of Elections. She succeeded long-time county coroner Angelo Nero, who did not seek re-election. She ran against former Germantown town supervisor Roy Brown for the seat.

Coleman ran on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines. Brown ran on the Republican, Independence, and Conservative lines.

“It has been an absolute privilege to have run and become elected here, but mostly a privilege to have been able to serve those that I have, even if for such a short time,” Coleman said in a statement. “I have learned a tremendous amount about the people of Columbia County and am a better person for it.”

Coleman was born in born in Chicago and graduated from Vassar College with a bachelor of arts degree in Studio Art. She moved to New York City “painting and doing freelance work for a few years.” She completed a two-year premedical course at Columbia University. She interned and was later hired as a consultant in the DNA laboratory at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York.

Coleman completed about 1,500 autopsies and oversaw several hundreds more and testified in more than 40 trials in federal and state Supreme and Family courts. She taught medical students and incoming fellows.

The county has three coroners who each serve four-year terms.

“I will be consulting with the [Columbia County] Board of Elections and the county attorney to determine the requirements of the Board of Supervisors,” said Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell.

In the meantime, Coleman plans to move back to New York City to work as a medical examiner, she said.

Coleman and her husband moved full-time to Columbia County in 2014. She was previously employed as a medical examiner at the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office in Poughkeepsie.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.

Pay very close attention Columbia County, on how Chairman of the Board of supervisors Matt Murell, handles this important appointment.
Need I remind you, In Columbia County the Coroner has more power in a homicide investigation (any unattended) over all Police agencies-and District attorney’s office. ****we should possibly be looking at removing that power as other Counties have done and placing it with the District Attorney.
I would question any appointments or any attempt to nominate or appoint any former Town Supervisors.....
*****see attached law and how it reads in Columbia County. Posted in comments.
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