Monday, April 6, 2009

Wilcox plans to challenge Ceresia

By Dave Canfield
The Record

TROY - Andrew Ceresia has yet to actually sit in the Rensselaer County Court judge seat Gov. David Paterson appointed him to in March, but already an opponent is likely stepping forward to challenge him for that seat in November.
Former Rensselaer County District Attorney Charles J. Wilcox, a Republican, is expect¬ed on Tuesday to announce his intention to run against Ceresia, according to Republican sources.
Currently a North Greenbush town justice, Ceresia is still awaiting confirmation from the state Senate before he can take the seat vacated by Patrick McGrath, who won election to the state Supreme Court in November.
Ceresia has been in his job as town justice for six years, and will be required to run in a November election after taking his seat on County Court.
Wilcox, currently a private practice attorney with The Wilcox Firm on River Street, served as Rensselaer County district attorney during much of the 1970s and 80s, eventually losing a re-election bid in 1985. His name had been floated as a possible GOP pick for County Court judge some two decades ago in 1988.
Wilcox’s announcement will come at 11 a.m. Tuesday on the steps of the County Courthouse at Congress and Second streets, according to a press release he issued over the weekend.
A County Court judge, who hears criminal cases, makes an annual salary of $119,800. The winner of November’s election will serve a full 10-year term alongside Judge Robert Jacon, a Democrat, whose term expires in 2015.

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