AMBOY – Thomas Benedetto, with 25 years of experience in Family Court and a lifelong Republican, has announced his candidacy for Oswego County Family Court Judge.
“The safety and well-being of our children will be a critical issue in this race,” Benedetto said. “Electing someone with the right mix of legal and practical experience is key. My background as a former prosecutor, family lawyer and judicial official gives me unique insight about protecting our children’s best interests. Our Family Court judge must be able to carefully weigh the needs of every child to assure their emotional health and physical safety. Children cannot be left to fend for themselves in unhealthy or unsafe homes. It will not be tolerated.”
Benedetto has worked in Family Court for more than 25 years, including judicial experience for the past 15 years.
He became responsible for hearing cases as a Senior Family Court Attorney from 2002 to 2009 under the presiding judge.
In 2009, he was appointed Family Court Referee and became responsible for hearing and determining cases without any oversight.
He has heard well more than 10,000 dockets to-date.
These cases involved domestic violence, custody/visitation disputes, and issues of alleged child neglect/abuse.
During this time, fewer than six of Benedetto’s cases were appealed to the Appellate Court in Rochester, where it was determined that each of his decisions were correct and proper.
In addition, more than 90 percent of the cases before him reached a settlement without delay or the need for costly litigation.
“The best outcome is derived when parents accept their responsibility to work together for their child’s well-being,” he said. “I attribute my success to the great mentoring I’ve had working directly under two different Family Court judges as their law clerk. But I’ve also gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from observing other judges and learning from my interactions with people from all walks of life, over the past 30 years. I am so thankful for all the people who’ve helped me get where I am today, especially my family.”
Benedetto said he’s been “blessed with helping children my whole life.”
A native of Amboy and the second youngest of seven children, Benedetto attended Syracuse University and is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law.
He began his legal career as an intern in a law office in 1985 and worked his way through law school until becoming an attorney, then joining the court system in 1992, holding various positions over the past 25 years, including Assistant District Attorney.
He and his wife, Patty, are parents to five children, ages 13 to 33, and now have three grandchildren with another grandchild due this winter.
“Of all that I’ve done in the law and community over the past 33 years, I count ‘father of five’ as my most experience for this critical office,” Benedetto said. “Raising a family is tough, but at the same time, there is nothing more enlightening, joyous or demanding. I know what it means to be accountable and accessible. I believe in fiscal responsibility, but I also believe that we have to do our best to make right and compassionate decisions for every child whose case comes before Family Court.”
Benedetto and his wife are both active volunteers on the Oswego County Search and Rescue Team.
They are both K9 handlers and trainers for Search and Rescue dogs, Philip, a yellow lab, and Leela, a black lab.
He also earned his HAM radio license recently, (call sign KD2NPL), which ties into his search and rescue work.
Benedetto and his family are outdoor enthusiasts.
He’s also a lifelong sportsman and hunter, and is a member of the NRA and Albion Fish and Game Club.
The Benedettos are also members of the Oswego County ATV Club, and are and his family are involved in the Square Valley Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club as landowners, and active riders.
Benedetto served for many years on the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown school board, coached Little League, helped with Parish Relay for Life, served on the Amboy Planning Board and helped organize the APW Educational Foundation.
As past coordinator of the Oswego County Mock Trial Program, Benedetto annually served 75-100 high school students from across Oswego County.
“As Family Court Judge, I want the same things for the children I see in court that I want for my own children and grandchildren,” Benedetto said, “To be happy, healthy, and safe with opportunities to thrive.”
For more information on Benedetto and his credentials, visit “Thom Benedetto For Family Judge” on Facebook, or his professional profile on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thombenedetto.
CAPTION: Thomas Benedetto, (above), with 25 years of experience in Family Court and a lifelong Republican, has announced his candidacy for Oswego County Family Court Judge.