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October 23, 2012

Eight candidates bid for State Supreme Court

 PLATTSBURGH — Eight candidates seek four seats on the Fourth Judicial District bench of the State Supreme Court.

Laws prohibit judicial candidates from speaking about specific issues in case they have to rule on them while serving.

But the League of Women Voters of the Plattsburgh Area is offering an opportunity for people to learn more about the candidates at a State Supreme Court Meet the Candidate event at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at American Legion Post 20 on Quarry Road in Plattsburgh. 

All eight candidates have agreed to be present, according to a news release from the league.

Each will have five minutes to briefly describe his or her background and experience, reasons for running and what he or she hopes to accomplish in the 14-year tenure.

After the formal introductions and presentations, audience members will have the opportunity to interact with candidates. Coffee and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Here are brief capsules on the candidates, compiled by the Press-Republican:


Thomas Buchanan, 42, lives in Rotterdam and is a litigation attorney in Latham.

He was formerly the chairman of the Republican Party in Schenectady County but stepped down last December to run for the Supreme Court seat. He is running as a Republican.


Felix Catena, 55, is a judge from Amsterdam and on the Republican ticket.

He has served as a trial judge for 17 years and is an acting Supreme Court justice. Catena was elected to a 10-year term as Montgomery County Court judge in November 1999, after having served as Amsterdam City Court judge for four years. He served on the Curriculum Committee for the New York State Unified Court System and was a member of the state Jury Trial Project.


Christine Clark, 45, is a Family Court judge in Schenectady running for Supreme Court as a Democrat.

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