continued I have been the Onondaga County Attorney since 2008. I supervise 24 attorneys in my office, and the attorneys are required to make independent judgments each and every day. I require my attorneys to make decisions that are both legally sound and ethically correct. That is the principle I have tried to follow throughout my career and will be my guiding principle as a judge.
I am a person who grew up in a low income neighborhood and has worked hard throughout my life, for example, I worked fulltime during the day and went to law school at night. During the course of my career, I have learned by interacting with a broad spectrum of people. My personal and professional experience provides me with the temperament and qualifications to be County Court Judge.
Thomas J. Miller
Community Involvement: Fayetteville-Manlius Little League Coach; Fayetteville-Manlius Little League Board of Directors; Fayetteville-Manlius recreation league basketball coach; speaker/lecturer at Fayetteville-Manlius and Manlius Pebble Hill high schools Stop DWI Program; speaker/lecturer at Syracuse University; speaker/lecturer for the Onondaga County Bar Association; speaker/lecturer for the NYS Magistrate's Association; speaker/lecturer for the Onondaga County Magistrate's Association; and Onondaga County Bar Association Board of Directors - elected Vice President 2011.
What makes you qualified to serve as Judge?
Experience. As a practicing lawyer for over 30 years, I have appeared in County Court on a regular basis in hundreds of cases. I have been involved in several major felony trials and homicide trials in County Court.
As a Village Justice for nearly a dozen years, I have presided over countless cases hopefully, fairly and impartially without advocating for one side or the other, as a lawyer does.
Why should voters elect you?
Through my years of experience before the bench as a lawyer and behind the bench as a judge, I believe I have developed the skills to understand the law, to realize that being a judge is more than a 9-to-5 job, but rather is an identity and an obligation to be a positive role model. Through my experience, I know the difference between an individual who has made a mistake due to an addiction or mental health issue, and an individual who has chosen crime as a career path and will deal with each appropriately.
Voters can be assured that I have the right balance of experience as a lawyer for 30 years and as a judge for almost 12 years to understand the law and to apply it fairly and impartially while protecting and balancing the rights of defendants and victims.