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July 31, 2013

Wojtaszek pursuing justice nominations

Niagara Gazette — Niagara County Legislator Paul B. Wojtaszek, R-North Tonawanda, announced Tuesday that he’s running for state Supreme Court in the Eighth Judicial District.

Wojtaszek, who’s already running unopposed for re-election to the 9th District Niagara County Legislature seat, said he’s seeking judicial “rating” by various area bar associations and nomination by one or more political parties to be their candidate in the November election to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated earlier this year by Justice Janice M. Rosa.

Last month, Justice Jeremiah J. Moriarty III was appointed in Rosa’s place by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but the appointment is temporary, since Moriarty will reach mandatory retirement age, 70, later this year. Thus the seat is going to election.

Wojtaszek, a law clerk for Erie County Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia, ran for a Supreme Court justice post in 2010. He finished sixth among 10 candidates for five open seats.

If Wojtaszek lands at least one party’s nomination, he said he’ll have his name taken off the ballot in the 9th District legislature race — which is allowed at this point only if the candidate dies or runs for Supreme Court — and the GOP, Conservative and Independence parties that backed him will authorize a substitute candidate for legislature. The Democratic, Working Families and Green parties did not put up a candidate in the Ninth District.

In addition to Wojtaszek, several attorneys in Erie County, including Jeffrey Marion, Dennis Glascott, Mark Montour and Buffalo City Court Judge/acting Erie County-Family Court Judge E. Jeannette Ogden, reportedly are seeking judicial rating ahead of the conventions.

State Supreme Court justices are elected to 14-year terms.

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