NORWICH – District Attorney Joseph A. McBride announced his candidacy for Chenango County Judge at a gathering of his supporters Thursday afternoon in downtown Norwich.
Speaking to the crowd from the steps of the Chenango County Courthouse, McBride cited his extensive legal experience as his most compelling qualification for the post. “I have participated in over 65 jury trials over the past 28 years,” he said, “and have been involved in almost every major criminal trial in Chenango County in the last 20 years.”
Chenango is one of 38 counties in New York in which one judge presides over three distinct courts: Surrogate’s Court, which oversees the probate of wills; Family Court, which resolves issues including custody, support, visitation, abuse and neglect; and County Court, where felony criminal trials are conducted. “While all these matters are significant because of their nature, the position of County Court Judge requires the experience and knowledge to make immediate decisions that are required throughout both jury and non-jury trials. I strongly believe I have this experience and knowledge,” McBride said, adding that more than half of the court’s calendar is devoted to criminal matters.