Chenango County Swears In District Attorney

By: Zachary Meseck

Chenango County swears in district attorney

Frank Speziale Photo NORWICH – Recently elected Supreme Court Justice Joseph McBride swore in his replacement on Tuesday afternoon, with members of law enforcement, several judges, and the acting district attorney’s family in attendance.

The ceremony was held at the Chenango County Courthouse in the City of Norwich, and Acting District Attorney Michael Ferrarese spoke on the future of the district attorney’s office, the support of his family, and the history of the bible he swore in on.

“When I walked across the stage at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and grabbed my diploma from Albany Law School, I had no idea that 20 years later I’d have this opportunity,” said Ferrarese.

He said while employed at the district attorney’s office, he’s been working as hard as he can to protect the community and see that justice is done on all of his cases. He added that having the opportunity to work with and learn from McBride has helped him stay on the right path.

When asked about Ferrarese in a prior interview, McBride said Ferrarese “has a long history of working with the district attorney’s office, an excellent work ethic, a good sense of justice, and he believes the office is going to be fine with Ferrarese in charge regardless of the obstacles.”

McBride recently won an election to become the supreme court justice of the sixth judicial district, and will have a swearing-in ceremony on January 6 at the Chenango County Courthouse.

At the time of the ceremony, Ferrarese spoke on the skill of his former mentor.

“When it came to criminal law, knowing and analyzing issues in a case, I’ve worked with some of the best lawyers, and no one has been better than Joe McBride in doing that,” said Ferrarese. “He’s a gifted trial lawyer and extremely bright criminal lawyer.”

After thanking McBride for his mentorship, Ferrarese pledged to law enforcement that he will give them “nothing less than 100 percent in each and every case they bring before the district attorney’s office.”

He added that while the office is currently facing staffing issues during the office’s transition, it’s a problem he said he’s taking very seriously.

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