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Two vie for Onondaga County Court Judge seat

— County residents will have two candidates to choose from when filling the vacant seat on the Onondaga County Court bench, which consists of three judges. Judge Anthony Aloi and Judge Joseph Fahey currently hold the other two seats on the bench, which has jurisdiction over the fifth judicial district. The third seat was left vacant after Judge William Walsh resigned.

Gordon Cuffy is a candidate running on the Democratic party line and Tom Miller is a candidate running on the Republican, Independence, Conservative and Veteran party lines.

Eagle Newspapers recently interviewed the candidates to get an idea of what each candidate represents. Their answers are featured below:

Gordon J. Cuffy

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Gordon Cuffy

Community Involvement: I am an alumnus of Leadership Greater Syracuse, and a former board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New York. As a member of the Attorney General’s Office, I participated in the Onondaga County Bar Association’s Talk to a Lawyer program at the Southwest Community Center. As County Attorney, I involved county attorneys in the Talk to a Lawyer program.

What makes you qualified to serve as Judge?

I have fourteen years of experience as a prosecutor. During that time I presented cases to the Grand Jury and handled homicides, violent and other felony cases. In addition, I was an appellate lawyer who wrote legal briefs and argued cases in appellate courts. As County Attorney I manage a law department with forty employees. I am also counsel for both the Onondaga County Legislature and the County Executive. I have been a civil litigator and have been an adjunct professor at Syracuse University College of Law since 1997.

Why should voters elect you?

I have been a public servant in this community for 22 years. My wife and I chose to live and raise our daughter in Onondaga County. I have been a prosecutor in both the District Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office with 14 years of experience.

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