STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Meet the candidates for Oneida County Family Court Judge

Hon. Jim Griffith is looking to be elected to a third ten year term as Oneida County Family Court Judge come Tuesday, while his opponent, attorney Jessica Reynolds Amuso believes it's time for change.

Posted: Nov 2, 2018 6:28 PM

Utica, N.Y. - Jim Griffith of Rome has served as an Oneida County Family Court Judge since he was first elected in 1999, and on Tuesday he hopes to be elected to a third ten year term. His opponent, Jessica Reynolds Amuso, believes it's time for change on the bench.

On Friday, we caught up with both candidates to give voters a little insight on their backgrounds.

Hon. Griffith, a Republican, says the family court judge position is one of the most important jobs in the entire county, "Those of us who work in family court, sometimes secretly or not so secretly, think it’s the most important court, it’s the court where people go when they really don’t have any place else to go."

Reynolds Amuso, a Democrat, says it's time for change and believes she is the right person to take the helm, "You know, he's been there for 20 years and I think there’s a certain point where maybe it’s time for some fresh ears and fresh eyes up there to work with the families."

Amuso says she has been representing local families in all sorts of family court cases for the past 20 years. Griffith has been hearing family court cases for those same 20 years, plus he practiced law for many years before that.

Griffith says judges races in general do not receive the attention many other races see during election season, "Because there is a lot of civility in the judges races, and we're not making outrageous statements about each other that grab everyone's attention."

Both candidates say they're hoping for a good turnout come Tuesday.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2715335

Reported Deaths: 57428
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings34831910956
Queens32527210405
Suffolk2543343681
Nassau2251823328
Bronx2127096803
New York1763044661
Westchester1478212356
Erie1238012040
Monroe969811248
Richmond922471967
Orange61914944
Onondaga59057816
Rockland55357783
Dutchess37798508
Albany34221411
Oneida32950637
Niagara28469418
Broome28056432
Saratoga24400224
Schenectady19229244
Ulster18957290
Rensselaer17260192
Chautauqua14837191
Oswego14047133
Putnam13091101
Chemung12740174
St. Lawrence12724143
Steuben12372189
Ontario11592119
Jefferson11237105
Wayne10115102
Cattaraugus9898156
Cayuga9653113
Sullivan950090
Genesee8556144
Herkimer8228143
Clinton801747
Fulton7768110
Tompkins735961
Madison7285108
Warren721996
Livingston713276
Montgomery7110162
Washington660678
Tioga629773
Cortland605389
Allegany5929120
Columbia5664113
Chenango550895
Orleans543496
Franklin536526
Otsego532162
Wyoming525265
Greene491189
Delaware434451
Lewis416940
Seneca320067
Essex296437
Schoharie265424
Yates197433
Schuyler191920
Hamilton5113
Unassigned1422
Out of NY0338
Utica
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 31° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 28°
Oneonta
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 29° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 20°
Herkimer
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 28°
Old Forge
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 26° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 28°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
2022 WKTV Golf Card only $99.99
Game Day Deals - New Deals Each Week
Stuff the Bus Locations
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve