Family Court Candidate Calls for Reforms

- One of four candidates for Broome County Family Court is calling for reforms to the court system, should he get elected.

Binghamton attorney and Republican candidate Mark Young released a three-point reform agenda today intended to streamline the process and reduce the court's growing backlog of cases.

Young supports having two of the Broome County judges dedicated to full-time trials to conclusion, in which cases would be heard during one extended trial, rather than being dragged out through multiple pre-trial hearings.

He also wants compulsory mediation in cases that don't involve protective concerns.

And he wants a return of the Family Treatment Court in which parents can undergo drug and alcohol abuse treatment when threatened with losing their children.

Young said the creation of a new 4th Family Court Judge in Broome County will not alleviate the backlog on its own.

"Just implementing one judge and sticking it into the system as it currently exists, is going to do nothing. You need to have a plan. And the plan is contained in all the research across the country and in the New York State Bar Association piece," said Young.

Four men are running for two Family Court judgeships.

The other candidates are Democrat and incumbent Pete Charnetsky, Democrat Dan Reynolds and Republican Rick Miller.

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