Candidate- Town Justice
The position of Town Justice in New York State has a long tradition of non-lawyer judges that I found intriguing when the idea of running for Clarkson's town Justice was first proposed to me. At first I thought, as many of you do, that only lawyers filled this trusted position in their towns. I was surprised to learn that almost 70 percent of New York State town justices are not lawyers.
With that in mind I began to attend Judge Hammel’s court sessions, and quickly realized that the work of a Town Justice is a unique blend of factual knowledge, experience and some degree of empathy for those who come into the court room. Many of the people coming into the courtroom are appearing before a judge for the first time and I realized they are deserving of respect, as citizens, no matter what the reason for their appearance in court.
I learned that a town Justice not only enforces the technical aspects of the law but also provides a very special human service to his community. A town justice, in many instances, is in the unique position of both arbitrator and enforcer. His sole purpose isn’t to simply hand down judgement. In many cases advice and counsel are just as important as handing down a verdict. Coming to this understanding led me to the decision to run.
If elected I would take that responsibility as seriously as your decision to vote from me is taken by you.