WHO WE ARE
The Columbia County Bail Fund (CCBF), is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization operating as a Community Bail Organization (CBO) in Columbia County, New York pursuant to New York State Law.
CBOs can provide no more than $2,000 in cash bail for defendants charged with one or more misdemeanors who are financially unable to post bail. CBOs are required to register as a 501(c)(3) organization and may not charge a premium or fee for their services.
Founder and President
Linda Mussmann is the founder and co-director of Time & Space Limited Theater Company, Inc. a multi-arts space in Hudson, New York. Linda is an artist/theater director and writer as well as a long time advocate for social justice. In 2017, Linda was elected 4th Ward Supervisor in New York's Columbia County.
Craig Bender is an IBM executive and has been in the Information Technology industry for 35 years. Mr. Bender has a history of
social action, and is the founder of Kids Need Music, a 501(c)(3), which raises funds to purchase musical instruments for children who are otherwise unable to participate in their school band.
He is also the Social Action Committee Chair for The Chatham Synagogue Netivot Torah (TCSNT) supporting the local community.
Len is a semi-retired sales professional, living in Hudson, NY, after a forty plus year career in northern NJ. In addition to his business activities, Len was, and remains, active in many civic and social action endeavors. He formerly served in several leadership roles with the Maplewood-South Orange Community Coalition on Race, an organization whose mission is to create and maintain racial integration, diversity, and inclusion in the two towns. For ten years, he ran the cultural commission for Maplewood. He has been, and currently is, involved in the lay leadership of several synagogues.
Cheryl Roberts, Esq.
Cheryl Roberts, Esq. is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice in New York City. She is a former local judge from Columbia County, New York and Corporation Counsel for the City of Hudson, New York. Early in her career she served as a counsel to committees in both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate.
Susan Tipograph, Esq.
Susan Tipograph, Esq. has been a criminal defense attorney for over 40 years; her practice overwhelmingly representing indigent people charged in federal and state courts. She was formerly on the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has taught in the criminal defender clinic of the CUNY School of Law. For over 20 years, she has served on the Screening Committee appointed by the Appellate Division, First Department, to oversee assigned counsel in criminal cases in the Bronx and Manhattan. She is admitted to practice in New York, as well as numerous federal trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.