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July 2, 2014

Franklin County attorney seeks judgeship

MALONE — County Attorney Jonathan Miller is running for the newly created position of Franklin County Family Court judge.

Miller has been county attorney since 1998 and is the second declared candidate for the $119,800 position, which carries a 10-year term.

County District Attorney Derek Champagne announced his interest in the seat last week, just a few days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a measure into law creating 25 new Family Court judgeships across the state.

Franklin County has only one Family Court judge, Judge Robert G. Main Jr., who also presides at County Court, Supreme Court and Surrogate Court.

CITES EXPERIENCE

Miller, 49, said he has vast experience in Family Court in his 17 years as county attorney. His responsibilities include being legal advisor to the County Legislature.

“But most of my responsibilities as county attorney are to represent the Department of Social Services and the Probation Department in cases,” he said.

That includes cases involving child support, child neglect and child abuse, as well as those involving teens and other children who have been declared juvenile delinquents or persons-in-need-of-supervision.

All are heard in Family Court, where he has represented both petitioners and respondents.

Miller said that work gives him “the needed perspective that would transition into the new (judge) position nicely.”

‘IT’S NEEDED’

He said Franklin County has needed a second judgeship for years and that the idea has been tossed around but gained no traction until recently.

“The last time judgeships were created was in 1991,” Miller said. “I think it’s needed in Franklin County, and I would like to fill that position.”

He graduated from Siena College with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1987 and earned his law degree from Albany Law School in 1990.

Miller served as the county’s Family Law public defender for six years and said he has handled about 1,000 matrimonial cases in Supreme Court throughout his career.

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