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Voters choose Nolan, Pritzker for Fourth Judicial District

November 7, 2013
By staff ( , Lake Placid News

Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 5 chose Thomas Nolan and Stan Pritzker, running on the Republican and Conservative lines, to be justices of the state Supreme Court's Fourth Judicial District.

Mark Powers, a Democrat who also ran successfully for the job last year, came up short in the three-way race for two positions.

The Fourth Judicial District consists of 11 counties: Franklin, Essex, St. Lawrence, Clinton, Hamilton, Warren, Washington, Fulton, Saratoga, Montgomery and Schenectady.

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In unofficial results posted on the state Board of Elections' website, Nolan led with 106,516 votes, and Pritzker received 91,604. Powers trailed with 69,894.

Essex County followed that pattern, giving Nolan 4,572 votes, Pritzker 4,233 and Powers 3,063.

In Franklin County, Powers came out slightly ahead of Pritzker. People there gave Nolan 4,326 votes, Powers 3,703 and Pritzker 3,631.

All three men are already judges. Nolan is an incumbent re-elected Tuesday to a second term, and the other two have been acting Supreme Court justices for many years, as well as family court judges: Pritzker in Washington County and Powers in Schenectady County.

Each seat is for 14 years. Pritzker, 56, will fill the seat vacated by Thomas Mercure, who has hit the mandatory retirement age of 70. While Pritzker will be able to complete the term, age-wise, Nolan, 64, will be able to retain his seat for only six years.

New York voters upheld the mandatory retirement age Tuesday, rejecting a constitutional amendment that would have extended it to 80.

Nolan lives in Clifton Park in Saratoga County. Pritzker lives in Hartford in Washington County.



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