2 run­ning unopposed for Supreme Court bench

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Pa­tri­cia Doxsey pdoxsey@free­manon­line.com pat­ti­at­free­man on Twit­ter

Vot­ers in Ul­ster, Greene, and Columbia coun­ties will elect two state Supreme Court jus­tices to serve for the next 10 years when they go to the polls on Nov. 8.

Run­ning unopposed for seats on the state Supreme Court bench in the Third Ju­di­cial Dis­trict are An­drew Cere­sia and Michael Mackey. Both men will be on the Demo­cratic, Repub­li­can, Con­ser­va­tive, and In­de­pen­dence lines on the bal­lot.

The two are run­ning for seats be­ing va­cated by Jus­tice Thomas Bres­lin, of Al­bany County, and Jus­tice Raymond El­liott, of Rens­se­lear County. Both men have reached the state’s manda­tory ju­di­cial re­tire­ment age of 70.

Cere­sia, 45, is a sit­ting Rens­se­lear County judge and has served as an act­ing state Supreme Court jus­tice since 2011 and an act­ing Al­bany County judge since 2013.

He served as North Green­bush town jus­tice from 2004 un­til he was ap­pointed county judge in 2009. He was elected to the county bench in 2010.

Cere­sia pre­vi­ously worked as a pri­vate-prac­tice at­tor­ney with an Al­bany law firm and worked for five years as an ap­pel­late court at­tor­ney for the Third Ju­di­cial Dis­trict.

A life­long Rens­se­laer County res­i­dent, Cere­sia grad­u­ated from Troy High School and holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from SUNY Oneonta and a law de­gree from Al­bany Law School.

He and his wife, Tracee, live in North Green­bush with their son, Braden.

Mackey is a part­ner and found­ing mem­ber of the Al­bany law firm Feeney, Centi & Mackey, where he fo­cuses on per­sonal-in­jury lit­i­ga­tion with a heavy em­pha­sis on med­i­cal mal­prac­tice and prod­uct li­a­bil­ity.

He also is a mem­ber of the Al­bany County Leg­is­la­ture, where he serves as chair­man of the Law Com­mit­tee and as a mem­ber of the Au­dit and Fi­nance and Pub­lic Works com­mit­tees.

Mackey served as the New Scot­land town at­tor­ney from 2004 to 2011 and as con­fi­den­tial law clerk to Al­bany County Judge John Clyne from 1981 to 1984.

Orig­i­nally from Massena, Mackey earned his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in 1978 and his law de­gree in 1981.

He and his wife, Martha, live in Voorheesville with their three chil­dren, Patrick, Ethan, and Lau­ren.

In an emailed state­ment, Mackey said: “I think it is very im­por­tant to elect judges who have sig­nif­i­cant prac­tice ex­pe­ri­ence. There is no other way to re­ally un­der­stand the chal­lenges and con­cerns of at­tor­neys prac­tic­ing be­fore the court, or the stresses faced by their clients, wit­nesses and even ju­rors. I be­lieve my ex­pe­ri­ence will be an as­set to the court and, more im­por­tantly, of value to peo­ple who come be­fore the court.”

State Supreme Court jus­tices are elected to 10year terms and will be paid $193,000 in 2017.

New York’ Third Ju­di­cial Dis­trict com­prises Ul­ster, Columbia, Greene, Al­bany, Rens­se­lear, Schoharie and Sul­li­van coun­ties.

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An­drew Cere­sia, left, and Michael Mackey

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