Letter to the Editor: Conflict of interest?


I’m not a resident of Chenango County but I have followed, with interest, the County Court Judge race. I have no doubt that Joe McBride is very qualified and dedicated to his profession. As a father of an attorney myself, I appreciate the long, hard road traveled and commitment it took to achieve his present position as district attorney.

My problem is what I feel will be a conflict of interest as a judge presiding over family court cases in which he previously worked closely as the prosecution (and Department of Social Services) in these cases.

I don’t question Mr.McBride’s integrity. I question how this position cannot be viewed as a conflict of interest?

Mr. McBride worked in the interest of the county prosecution. Now, voters are being asked to place him in the position of deciding such cases.

Lastly, I would like to ask, if he does not win the position of judge, will he retain his position as prosecutor?

Skip Carpentier


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