SCHUYLER FALLS — Two candidates are seeking the position of Schuyler Falls town justice for a four-year term.
Randall Cumm, a retired member of the State Police, is running as a Republican, and David Jock, a retired member of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, is on the Democrat ticket.
The justice seat has been vacant since March 21, when longtime Justice Richard H. Reome Sr. resigned as part of a deal with the state’s Commission on Judicial Conduct.
The commission said he mishandled cases; Reome told the Press-Republican he chose to resign rather than go to trial to clear his name because that would cause physical and emotional stress that he was not up to enduring.
Though his term would have expired at the end of 2013, the candidate elected in November will not complete only the remaining year. Instead, a new four-year term will begin in January 1013, as is done with justice positions, according to the Clinton County Board of Elections.
KNOWLEDGE OF LAW
Knowing the law is only part of the job, Cumm told the Press-Republican in a recent interview.
“Because when a judge makes a decision, it may reach beyond the courtroom. It requires a special type of wisdom, gained only through experience, which gives a judge and the judge’s decision insight into the ramifications that may result beyond the person’s standing before the court.”
The experience he would bring to the post was gained in the U.S. Navy, as a manager of Agway stores and as a State Police sergeant and investigator.
”I have supervised others, enforced the laws of New York, conducted numerous criminal investigations, solved crimes, and I have testified in courts.
”In addition, as an instructor at the New York State Police Academy, by instructing the laws we are all required to live by, I obtained a deeper understanding and knowledge of the laws I will be required to use in my position as town justice.
”As I said before, these life experiences give me the wisdom needed to be a fair judge.
“My convictions are with the people of Schuyler Falls — people who want to be protected from crime, who want their children and the elderly protected,” Cumm continued in the email interview.
“I believe the people understand a judge needs to be not only independent but be courageous, fair, use discretion, have compassion, believe in integrity and family values.”
HAS COURT EXPERIENCE
The justice system is complex, Jock said in an email interview. And because most don’t understand it completely, it can be overwhelming.
”I believe a town justice should help people understand the system better and allow the court to serve them,” he said.
”The courts are not just for processing traffic tickets — the courts also assist homeowners and tenants with property disputes, landlord and tenant rights, small-claims-court actions and protecting victims of crime by issuing orders of protection.
”In my 24 years as a supervisory deputy sheriff with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, I have experience with these issues and believe these skills would help me serve Schuyler Falls as the next town justice.”
Email Joe LoTemplio: email@example.com
Occupation: Retired from New York State Police as sergeant and investigator
Family: Sons, Randall Jr. and Anthony, and daughter, Meaghan
Occupation: Retired from Clinton County Sheriff's Department as patrol supervisor with 24 years service; now works at Plattsburgh International Airport as security coordinator alternate
Family: Wife, the former Sandra Carroll; children, Eric and Kelli.