County Court Judge Speaks To Oswego Sunrise Rotary

OSWEGO, NY – On Thursday, Don Todd told the Oswego Sunrise Rotary about his new position as Oswego County Court Judge.

From left are Rotary President Carol Reed, Chelsey Cole and Judge Don Todd.
From left are Rotary President Carol Reed, Chelsey Cole and Judge Don Todd.

He has attended training for new judges in White Plains.

Since returning to Oswego, he has worked in Oswego County Family Court.

He introduced his Court Attorney, Chelsey Cole.

His work in Family Court involves custody disputes, enforcement of support issues and some juvenile cases.

He served as Social Services Attorney prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, so his is familiar with the Family Court law.

Don will work in Family Court for the next five months and then he will move to Criminal Court.

He is enjoying his new job.


  1. Why have a section for comments if you censure comments and will not post anything that is negative? Don’ you believe in the constitutional right to freedom of speech?

  2. Kathy:

    We have a simple policy: No personal attacks. It is one thing to criticize a person’s work, but another to criticize the person. You can say, for example, that it appears that Congressman X takes a lot of money from the chemical industry and seems to support a lot of pro-industry bills. You can’t say that he’s sold out to the chemical industry or is bought and paid for by the chemical industry. One is a legitimate analysis of a situation, supported by facts. The other takes those facts and turns them into an attack.

    I’ve said it on more than one occasion and I’ll repeat it here: If you want to say something negative about a particular person, give him a call.

    I appreciate that you have posted using your name. That gets a little more leeway from us than it does when a person uses a pseudonym. But personal attacks are out. Period.

    And it’s not a case of freedom of speech. You’re free to say whatever you want. We’re free to decide whether we want to publish it. Because when we publish comments, not only are you saying something, but, legally, we’re saying it, too. (And there are plenty of limits on free speech. You can’t shout “Fire!” in a crowded movie theater, as the old saying goes.)

    Thanks for your notes; be well,

    Dave Bullard
    Managing Editor/Co-owner

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