Judge’s surprise retirement opens 2nd seat on Onondaga County’s top criminal court – Syracuse.com

“Dougherty’s retirement July 31 sets in motion a rare circumstance, because primary elections have already passed. But he also will leave before an Aug. 3 cutoff for this year’s ballot, guaranteeing that his seat will be filled this November, said the county’s Democratic elections commissioner, Dustin Czarny.

Because of the timing, the parties will have 10 days — Aug. 1 to 10 — to hold a meeting to select a candidate for the November ballot, Czarny said. There will be no chance to hold a primary to challenge the parties’ designees.”


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