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Richard W. Rich, Jr.
Candidate for the
Supreme Court
Sixth Judicial District
(Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins)

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Candidate Biography
Personal Statement
  • I am running for Supreme Court because I believe that I can make a positive difference in the quality of justice in our district. Recently, the Broome County Bar Association rated me as “HIGHLY QUALIFIED” for the position I seek. I believe that I possess the experience, competence and temperament to serve on the bench with distinction. My background has provided me with the confidence that I can competently preside over jury trials, handle cases of diverse subject matters and work under extraordinary pressure. My willingness to represent unpopular people and causes provides evidence of my independence and respect for the law. My community involvement demonstrates my commitment to fairness. Most importantly, my record of success as a lawyer should provide ample evidence that I am qualified to serve as judge.
Party Membership
  • Democrat
Party Line
  • Working Families
Campaign Web Site  
  • SUNY Geneseo, BA, 1986
  • Cleveland-Marshall/Cornell, JD, 1994
Admitted to Bar
  • New York 1995
  • Chemung County Public Advocate
Professional Experience
  • Employment History Rich began his career with the Chemung County Public Defender’s Office as an assistant public defender in 1994. In 1999, he was appointed to the Position of Public Defender for the County of Chemung, and held that position until December 2001. For two years, Rich was affiliated with the law firm of Ziff, Weiermiller, Hayden and Mustico. In March 2003, Rich founded the Chemung County Public Advocate’s Office returned to the public sector. The Chemung County Public Advocate’s Office is the conflict defender for misdemeanors and felonies; it is the primary institutional defender for petty offenses, Family Court matters and parole proceedings. The Office consists of four full-time attorneys. Civic Involvement In 2001, Rich received the Dennison Ray Criminal Defender of the Year by the New York State Bar Association for his work improving the Chemung County Public Defender’s Office. He received the Judson R. Hoover award from the Chemung County Bar Association in 2004 for commitment to pro bono work and Public Service. Additionally, Rich belongs to the American Council of Chief Defender’s, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the New York State Defender’s Association, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s, and the New York State Bar Association. Rich presently serves on the Executive Committee of the Chemung County Bar Association. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Elmira-Corning Chapter of the NAACP and on the Board of Directors of the Town of Horseheads Youth Bureau. Rich was the keynote speaker for the Chemung County Human Relations Commission’s Annual Breakfast in 2000. He has served on the Human Relation’s Commission since 1998 and has chaired the Commission from 1/2002-12/2005. Most recently, Rich has been elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Defender’s Association

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