Courtesy photo.

The New York City Criminal Court has designated a specialized part to function as the Staten Island Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education (HOPE) 2.0/Overdose Avoidance and Recovery (OAR) Court. HOPE 2.0 and OAR will work together to address substance use and overdose risk for individuals charged with misdemeanors. The court will operate on Wednesdays, with New York City Criminal Court Judge Gerianne Abriano presiding over the part.

Pictured from left: Christopher Pisciotta, attorney-in-charge, Legal Aid Society; Michael McMahon, Richmond County district attorney; Judge George Grasso, Supervising Judge of Bronx County Criminal Court; and Paul Capofari, Richmond County chief assistant district attorney.