Family court race splits primaries

Amboy attorney and county family court referee Thomas Benedetto, above, won the Republican and Conservative Party primaries on Tuesday.

Benedetto wins GOP, conservative; Rucynski Coleman unsure about future

OSWEGO — The two candidates for Oswego County Family Court Judge split the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party ballot lines in Tuesday’s Primary Election with the future of the race unclear on election night.

Amboy’s Thomas Benedetto, who serves as a family court referee, won the Republican and Conservative lines while Oswego attorney Lou Anne Rucynski Coleman took the Independence Party line.

Each candidate won their lines easily — Benedetto with 57 and 63 percent of Republicans and Conservatives, respectively, and Rucynski Coleman with 64 percent of Independence Party voters.

Reached by phone at his election night gathering in West Monroe, Benedetto said he was “honored and humbled.”

“The people of Oswego County deserve somebody in office who will lift people up,” Benedetto said. “When families are in crisis, they need someone positive — not only someone with experience, but someone who has the willingness to work with them and work through crisis and put them in a better position.”

Oswego County Family Court handles a myriad of family-related legal issues such as custody, paternity and abuse, among many others.

The third time would seem to be the charm for Benedetto: the Syracuse Law grad and father of five previously ran for family court judge before in 2014 and 2018. He says his immediate plans include some well-earned rest for his family.

“We’re going to take some personal time,” he said. “My family has been on the campaign trail for the last two-and-a-half years and it’s been a hard campaign road with some really difficult things. To have the voters turn out in my favor like this, I’m so blessed.”

In a brief interview after results posted, Rucynski Coleman said it was too early to decide if she would continue to campaign on the Independence Party line.

No Democrat filed petitions to run for family court judge. Election Day is Nov. 5.

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