OSWEGO — It was a busy night for Oswego County judiciary candidates as Volney attorney Scott DelConte triumphed in his bid for a state Supreme Court seat and Oswego attorney Allison Nelson won the race for county Family Court Judge.
DelConte joins incumbent Republican judges Donald Greenwood and James Murphy, as well as Republican Gerry Neri, all from Onondaga County, as the four State Supreme Court justices selected in the Fifth Judicial District.
The Fifth Judicial District includes Oswego, Onondaga, Herkimer, Lewis, Jefferson and Oneida counties.
DelConte, along with his wife, county Legislator Heather DelConte, celebrated with other candidates at Oswego’s American Foundry on Tuesday night. DelConte expressed excitement for the win just after midnight.
“I am honored and looking forward very much to serving our community as a Supreme Court Justice,” he told The Palladium-Times. “I want to thank my loving wife and hard-working children for their constant encouragement and unwavering faithfulness. Countless people have helped us in so many ways. It would be impossible to adequately express my deep appreciation for all of their support.”
After a judicial election season fraught with lawsuits that challenged ballot line legitimacy, the state Supreme Court was not the only race that endured legal challenges. The Family Court Judge race saw multiple lawsuits filed by incumbent Judge Kim Seager, which — like the Supreme Court race — were eventually dismissed.
Nelson said she is “humbled and incredibly grateful for the support that our family, friends and our community” have shown to her throughout her candidacy.
“A huge thank you to all the Oswego County voters for getting out and voting,” she exclaimed.
The Oswego family lawyer will assume her judicial post early next year and says she is “excited to have the opportunity to serve my community and am looking forward to making a difference in the lives of Oswego County’s children.”
As with all new judges elected across the state, Nelson will be attending a new judges’ boot camp with others throughout the state.
“I look forward to working closely with the school districts and all of the providers in our community to improve communication regarding at risk children,” she said.
Uncontested County Court Judge Walter Hafner was also triumphant, rounding out the judicial races this election season.