OSWEGO – Oswego attorney, farmer and life-long Central New Yorker Scott DelConte today (April 12) announced his candidacy for the New York State Supreme Court, bringing his decades of legal experience and fiercely independent principals to serve the people of the Fifth Judicial District.
Throughout his career, DelConte, 44, has represented a client base ranging from local businesses and families to Fortune 500 companies.
DelConte also serves as the Chancellor and General Counsel to the Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
“I have spent my entire career making sure my clients receive the best possible legal counsel,” said DelConte. “Now I want to advance the rule of law for the people of Central and Northern New York, with impartial and fair justice. It would be the highest honor to add my experience, integrity and independence to the bench.”
DelConte will use the momentum from his 2016 Supreme Court bid to fuel his candidacy, and will have a campaign presence in all six counties (Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, Onondaga, Oneida, Herkimer) of the Fifth Judicial District. DelConte will seek multiple ballot lines.
Raised in Cicero, DelConte attended Cicero-North Syracuse High School and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Washington & Lee University School of Law.
He served as the managing member of the Oswego office of Bond, Schoeneck and King before establishing the DelConte Law Firm in Oswego.
DelConte describes his legal philosophy as a “strict constructionist.”
“I believe that judges should apply the law, not make the law. Judges are not legislators and politics or public opinion should never be a factor in deciding a case,” DelConte said. “The facts and the law will be the only factors in my decisions.”
DelConte, his wife, Heather, and their four children live on, own and operate Black Creek Farms in Volney, raising sheep and Hereford beef cattle.
An avid outdoorsman, DelConte enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and is an American history enthusiast.
A committed community member and family man, DelConte has served as director of the Port City Educational Foundation and Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Oswego County and as a volunteer in the Oswego County 4-H program and Sunday school teacher.