UTICA, NY (WSKG) — Former Rep. Anthony Brindisi announced his candidacy for the recently-added New York State Supreme Court in the fifth judicial district on Monday.
Last month, Brindisi declared he would not run for his old House seat in New York’s 22nd Congressional District. Brindisi narrowly lost the seat to Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-22) in the last election.
Brindisi told reporters outside the Oneida County Courthouse in Utica that he was not planning on running for Congress again and decided to jump at the opportunity to run for Supreme Court judge when the seat was added by the state legislature earlier this year.
“I knew for some time I wasn’t going to be seeking a seat back in Congress and when this opportunity presented itself,” Brindisi said, noting that this office was closer to home and required less time away from his family. “I thought it was a good way to be able to take my experiences and put them back to work for the people of the community.”
Judges for the State Supreme Court generally handle civil cases and terms for Supreme Court seats are 14 years.
The fifth judicial district covers Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis and Herkimer Counties. Residents in those counties will vote on the judgeship in November’s general election.