This week, Erie County Democrats endorsed 5 candidates for the 5 open seats on the New York State Supreme Court. Earlier this summer, SDWNY interviewed interested candidates, including Judge Eugene Fahey, Judge Jeanette Ogden, Judge Betty Calvo-Torres, Judge Debra Givens and Catherine Nugent Panepinto. Afterward, we rated all 5 as well qualified judicial candidates.
Now that the candidates who will run have been selected by delegates elected during the primary, SDWNY has endorsed the two of our candidates who will be on the ballot this November: Catherine Nugent Panepinto and Judge Eugene Fahey.
As an accomplished community leader, Catherine Nugent Panepinto will bring her great intellect and sense of fairness to the New York State Supreme Court. And we are confident that with Judge Fahey's reelection, he will continue his great service as Supreme Court Justice for our state.
Our July Monthly Meeting is this Tuesday, July 27 at 6:30 PM.
*Please note the time change to accommodate candidate interviews*
Our agenda will include interview of NYS Supreme Court candidates and discussion of the NYS Senate Races in the 58th and 59th Senate Districts, as well as the NYS Attorney General Election.
Still unconfirmed are candidate interviews for the City of Buffalo Common Council Ellicott District election.
Our agenda tentatively will be the following:
6:30-7:00PM: 10 minute candidate interviews with NYS Supreme Court Candidates Catherine Panepinto and Judges Betty Calvo-Torres and Eugene Fahey.
7PM: Vote on endorsement for NYS Supreme Court Candidates
7:10PM: Discussion of NYS Senate Districts 58 and 59.
7:20: Discussion of NYS Attorney General Election.
*Should our candidates confirm attendance in the Ellicott District Council race, interviews with the two candidates who have filed petitions will commence at 7:30 and 7:40.
Because representatives from the NYS Attorney General and Senate District 59 campaigns are unable to attend our meeting due to distance, we will be considering endorsement for those races with their submitted questionnaires. The materials will be available at the meeting, but you may read them ahead of time here:
NYS Attorney General Materials: Eric Schneiderman bio, cover letter, questionnaire and LGBT equality agenda; Kathleen Rice questionnaire; and Sean Coffee questionnaire available soon.
SD 59: Cynthia Appleton Endorsement Questionnaire
We hope to see you there!