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Corning Judge Debate

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CORNING, N.Y. (18NEWS) — Three candidates running for Corning City Judge partook in a public debate.

The League of Women Voters of Steuben County held an open forum style debate for candidates Robert Cole, Jim Ferratella and Mathew McCarthy on Tuesday, October 21.

A range of topics were discussed, including the definition of a fair and impartial judge, judges as public educators, and opinions on drug task teams in the Twin Tiers.

Robert Cole defined a fair judge as one who rules by the facts. 

“A fair and impartial judge is one that renders decisions based upon facts and the law without regard to the position or station of the parties involved.”

All candidates are in support of judges acting as public educators, and Jim Ferratella said he has initiatives he hopes to put in place.

“Judges can play a role as a public educator as long as it doesn’t cross the line is giving legal advice. A judge cannot give legal advice. I’ll give you an example one of the initiatives that I have is a youth corps, wear youth perform the corps and we give them guidance.”

Mathew McCarthy is in support of the drug task force initiative and said the courts are seeing the benefits of the efficiency of the officers. 

“Drugs are a growing problem but I do think it’s great that we have these drug task forces. What it does is it takes almost like a shared services agreement and it takes state police resources local police department resources and sheriffs department resources and really utilizes all of them.”

A “Meet the Candidates Night” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. October 29 at the YWCA Elmira and the Twin Tiers in Elmira.

All Candidates that appear on the Chemung County ballot for the November 4 election are invited to attend.

The majority of this year’s elections are for county representatives and many are unopposed.

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