Yates County Judge Jason Cook launches campaign for state Supreme Court

7th Judicial District Covers Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties

PENN YAN — Yates County Judge Jason Cook announced his Republican and conservative candidacy for the New York State Supreme Court in the 7e Judicial District, which covers the counties of Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates. He is running for a new seat created by a law recently enacted by the Governor.

“I am running as a State Supreme Court Justice to bring my decades of practical experience in the courtrooms of our region to serve the people of this great state,” Cook said in a press release on July the 5th. “Those who appear in the courtroom deserve a judge who is fair and impartial to all, regardless of their background. I pledge to serve as a judge of the Supreme Court of the State with independence and impartiality for all parts.”

As Yates County Judge since 2017, Judge Cook presides over all felony criminal matters, Family Court, Surrogate Court and Drug Treatment Court, as well as the position of Issuance Officer. gun license. In 2019, he was appointed as an acting judge of the state Supreme Court, where he presides over civil cases, including matrimonial cases, applications for guardianship, land and contract disputes, and personal injury cases. More recently, Justice Cook was recognized for his leadership and knowledge by being appointed in 2021 Supervising Judge of the City and Village Courts of Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben and Yates Counties.

“I have known Jason Cook since he was young and cannot say enough that he is a man of incredible character, judgment and honor. He has done an exceptional job as a judge of the Yates County and will make an excellent judge on the state Supreme Court,” Yates County Republican Chairman John Prendergast said.

“The chairmen of the eight Republican committees in the 7th Judicial District agree that Jason Cook is an excellent candidate for the state Supreme Court. He knows the law, knows our region, and has the experience and temperament to handle complex cases. that are brought before a state Supreme Court judge,” said Monroe County Acting Republican Chairman David Dunning.

“Judge Jason Cook is known throughout our region as a person of high integrity and exceptional character,” said Trisha Turner, Ontario County Republican Chairperson and NYS Republican Committee Vice Chair for Upstate. . “I am proud to enthusiastically support his candidacy for the Supreme Court of the State of New York in the 2022 election.”

Judge Cook previously served as Yates County District Attorney from 2010 to 2013, where he was responsible for all aspects of criminal prosecutions and office administration. He has handled jury trials and felony appeals, including at the New York State Court of Appeals. Earlier in his career, he also served as an assistant district attorney in Yates, Steuben, Chemung, and Schuyler counties, worked in private law practice for Davidson & O’Mara, and was an adjunct instructor at Keuka College.

A graduate of Ithaca College and Dickinson Law School, Judge Cook, 51, lives in the town of Milo, Yates County. He is active in the Penn Yan Lion’s Club, the New York State Farm Bureau, and the United Methodist Church, where he serves as liturgist. The Cook family has lived in Yates County for at least five generations and still operates a large beef cattle farm just outside of Penn Yan.

The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. An existing seat for the State Supreme Court Justice in the 7e The judicial district will also be on the ballot, meaning two seats in total will be up for grabs. Monroe County Judge Jim Vazzana has already announced his Republican and Conservative candidacy for the state’s other Supreme Court seat.

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