Plenty of experience in Supreme Court field
Three men who are already judges – Thomas Nolan, Mark Powers and Stan Pritzker – are running for two state Supreme Court justice positions that are up for grabs Tuesday.
Each seat is for 14 years.
One of the seats in the Fourth Judicial District is held by Nolan, who is running for re-election. The other is being vacated by Thomas Mercure, who has hit the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Powers and Pritzker are both acting Supreme Court justices, serving in family court and other capacities.
If re-elected and if New York voters don’t overturn the mandatory judge retirement age -it’s on the ballot this year – Nolan, 64, would be able to serve about six years of his second term. The others would be able to serve most of their terms; Powers is 58 and Pritzker 56.
Nolan and Pritzker are Republicans; Powers is a Democrat.
The Fourth Judicial District consists of 11 counties: Franklin, Essex, St. Lawrence, Clinton, Hamilton, Warren, Washington, Fulton, Saratoga, Montgomery and Schenectady.
Nolan lives in Clifton Park in Saratoga County. Powers lives in Schenectady. Pritzker lives in Hartford in Washington County.
Nolan was first elected to the Supreme Court in 1999 and has been a judge for 18 years.
Powers has been a family court judge for 11 years and acting Supreme Court judge since 2004. He ran last year – one of eight candidates for four seats – and was unsuccessful.
Pritzker has been a Washington County family court judge since 2005 and an acting Supreme Court judge since 2007.
All three had extensive experience as lawyers before becoming judges.