Town of Watertown Judge James P. McClusky announces his intent to seek the Supreme Court vacancy created by Judge Gilbert’s retirement.
As a sitting Judge, Jim McClusky has exhibited the temperament necessary to insure that those that appear in the court are heard and treated fairly. Over the last 22 years Jim has practiced in each of the six counties encompassing the Fifth Judicial District and currently has offices in three of the counties. As a resident of Jefferson County, Judge McClusky is the only candidate that would ensure the long tradition of having a resident Judge serve in each of the Counties in the Fifth Judicial District.
Jim began his legal career working with his father (former Jefferson County District Attorney and Jefferson County Court Judge) and twin brother in Adams, New York in 1988. Since that time they have expanded their practice with offices in Sandy Creek and Lowville. Jim’s work places him in the courtroom on an almost daily basis which places him in a position to know the courtroom but more importantly to know the people that will be coming before the court. As an attorney Jim has handled a variety of cases including over 25 jury trials and over 250 non jury trials and hearings. He is aware of how a courtroom should run.
In 2002 Jim was elected to the Town Judge of Watertown and won reelection in 2006 and 2010. As Judge he has served as a lecturer at various Judicial training seminars and has been appointed a mentor judge by the Office of Court Administration to assist other judges in the Jefferson County.
As a Judge Jim has overseen the handling of over 30,000 matters from the traffic ticket to felony arraignments. He has also handled a variety of civil matters seeking from $50.00 to over $1,000.000.00. As a Judge McClusky has stated “it is not important the type of matter or the amount involved the participant wants to be treated with respect.” Jim has done that and will continue to do so as a Supreme Court Judge.
Jim is an active member of the community currently serving as President of the Disabled Persons Action Organization and is the immediate past president of CREDO Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions, Inc.
Jim is married to Joanne (Morgia). They have five children, Jillian, Michael, Briana, Erin and James. Jim and his family reside in Watertown New York.