James & Dolley Madison
Annual Democratic Dinner
Rusty Rail, Canastota, NY
May 21, 2015
Join us for Cocktails 6:30 -7:00PM (Cash Bar)
Dinner at 7:00PM
Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley
2015 James & Dolley Service To Community Award To:
(Click here for Charlie's article on James and Dolley Madison, which has a short bio of Charlie at the end)
RSVP by May 11 to: Mike Oot: 315.415.38380 or Ann Jones 315.420.0826 or
Tickets are $40 in Advance and $45 at the door! Save $5 and skip the line at the Event.
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In November 2015, Madison County will elect a new County Judge to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Biagio DiStefano after eighteen years of service. Three highly-qualified practicing attorneys are seeking the endorsement of the Madison County Democratic Committee. On May 7th, the three potential candidates, all women, presented their qualifications and perspectives at a well-attended meeting of the Committee held at the Colgate Inn.
The person who is elected Madison County Judge in November will preside over three courts: family court, criminal court, and surrogate’s court. The term of office is ten years. The three candidates vying for the endorsement of the Committee each have a record of accomplishment and a dedication to community service.
The three candidates seeking the Madison County Court Judgeship are:
Karin H. Marris, a resident of Erieville in the Town of Nelson. A practicing attorney for 27 years, Ms. Marris has been litigating family and criminal cases in both Onondaga and Madison Counties. Her degrees are from Onondaga Community College, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, and Syracuse University College of Law. Ms. Marris served five years as Town Justice in Nelson and twelve years on the Cazenovia School Board. She serves on the Assigned Council Panel in Madison and Onondaga Counties, and on the Madison County Public Defenders Board of Directors.
Suzanne Knight DeBottis, a resident of Oneida, who has been a practicing attorney since 2002. In addition to maintaining a private practice, Ms. Knight represents the Madison County Department of Social Services. Her work history includes serving as an attorney for Service Employees International Union and with an Oneida legal firm. Ms. Knight is an active member of the Bar Association and has held leadership positions in this professional organization. She holds a degree from Canisius College, a Master of Science Management in Human Service Administration from SUNY Buffalo, and a law degree from SUNY Buffalo Law School.
Marian J. Cerio, a resident of Canastota, has practiced law for over 30 years in Madison and Oneida Counties, focusing on all aspects of family court in addition to wills, real estate, and misdemeanor criminal and traffic matters. She has advocated for a diverse client base, including men, women, and children from all social and economic strata. Ms. Cerio earned degrees from SUNY Brockport and Syracuse University College of Law. She has a long history of community engagement and is currently serving as the President of the Canastota School Board.
The Committee is excited to have three exemplary candidates. There has never been a woman Judge in Madison County; this election is an opportunity to structure a judiciary that better represents the community. The Committee will consider an endorsement after members have further opportunities to interact with the three candidates. The James and Dolley Madison Dinner on May 21st is an excellent opportunity to meet Ms. Marris, Ms. Knight, and Ms. Cerio in an informal setting. All are welcome to attend this event.
All Democratic candidates for statewide office were comfortably reelected. Comptroller Joseph DiNapoli won by a significantly bigger margin than the gubernatorial ticket of Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The hotly contested Proposal to establish a Redistricting Commission was rejected in many Upstate counties but won decisively with strong downstate support.
Both Democratic State Assemblyman Bill Magee and State Senator David Valesky, from and representing Madison County as part of larger districts, were reelected. Magee won in a fairly close race against first-time Republican candidate John Salka, a Madison County Supervisor from the Town of Brookfield. Valesky, a member of the Independent Democratic Conference in the State Senate, had for the second time no opponent.
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