RICHLAND – Thomas Benedetto, candidate for Oswego County Family Court Judge, has been endorsed by eight northern Oswego County Republican committees.
These include: Albion, Steve Cronk, chair; Amboy, Legislator David Holst, chair; Orwell, Ron Smith, chair; Parish, Paul Gage, chair; Redfield, Mike Yerdon, chair; Richland, Mary Yerdon, chair; Sandy Creek, Legislator Margaret Kastler, chair; and Williamstown, Carol Stoker, chair.
“The Williamstown committee has endorsed Thom because of his experience in the Family Court system,” said Stoker. “He suggested ideas to improve current processes that would help families and agencies work together for better outcomes.”
Kastler said: “Thom has extensive experience working with people and I know he will make good changes to help our kids. We need to ensure that all people in the community and at the schools know that they have the power to speak up against child abuse. Every person interacting with children — neighbors, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians—may speak up, not just our teachers or principals. They all need to feel welcome to speak up for these kids who cannot speak up for themselves. “
“By a majority vote of the committee present, the Town of Richland Republican Committee endorsed Thomas Benedetto for Oswego County Family Court Judge,” said Mary Yerdon. “Mr. Benedetto is a family man who understands family values and all family issues. He grew up in a country family setting of which he was one of seven siblings. Thomas and Patty are parents to five children and four grandchildren. Thomas has been a referee for many years and has 25 years experience overall in family court. As Referee, He has been responsible to hear and determine child custody cases. During this time, he has heard over ten thousand cases that have never been overturned on appeal. In the earlier years Thom worked for two different Family Court Judges as their law clerk. Mr. Benedetto has a great deal of legal and practical experience, and the right temperament to serve as a Family Court Judge. His commitment, his character, and his dedication to family makes him the best candidate for the office of Family Court Judge.”
Holst said: “Thom is a town of Amboy resident, and he has been involved with and worked very hard for his community and our Oswego County youth. His ability to work as a partner with our schools, the department of social services and other agencies is a tremendous asset to our county. He proved that as coordinator of the Oswego County Mock Trial Program where he maintained a positive working relationship with every district superintendent. This popular program involved high school students from every school district in our county who had a passionate interest in the law and aspirations to become attorneys or judges. In addition to his many years of judicial experience, Thom is known to be a very honest and fair individual, and a great family man (5 children). We believe the town of Amboy, Oswego County, and most importantly, the youth of our county, will be better served if we all work together to elect him as our next Family Court Judge.”
“I am both overwhelmed and humbled by this strong show of support from each of these towns,” Benedetto said. “The safety and well-being of our children will be a critical issue in this race. 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. I attribute my success to the great mentoring I’ve had working directly under two different Family Court judges as their law clerk,” Benedetto said, “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 have four grandchildren.
“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, https://www.facebook.com/Thom-Benedetto-for-Family-Judge-511587468945954/, or www.ThomForJudge.com.