Carol Cocchiola Introduced as New City Court Judge

Published 04/17 2014 04:22PM

Updated 04/17 2014 05:15PM

Binghamton Mayor Rich David has tapped a veteran prosecutor and litigator to fill a vacancy on the City Court bench.

David introduced Carol Cocchiola as the new City Court Judge.

Cocchiola takes over from retiring Judge Mary Anne Lehmann until a special election is held in November.

Cocchiola spent 10 years with the Broome County District Attorney's Office before taking a position with the New York State Attorney General which she's held for the past 16 years. She is also a past Chair of the Family Violence Prevention Council.

Cocchiola says City Court is a busy place that deals with a lot of quality of life issues.

"It's important for people to feel that they can come to a place where their grievances, their complaints, the wrongs that have happened to them are going to be heard by somebody who has the background and the experience to listen with an open and fair mind," said Cocchiola.

Cocchiola plans to run for election this November as a Republican. The other two judges, Bill Pelella and Dan Seiden, both Democrats, are running for re-election.

Rather than running for three separate judgeships, all candidates will run in the same race with the top three vote-getters winning seats on the bench.

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