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County Court Judge candidates eye key third-party lines

County Court Judge candidates eye key third-party lines

Third-party ballot lines will be where the Schenectady County Court Judge race will be contested in

Third-party ballot lines will be where the Schenectady County Court Judge race will be contested in next month’s primary.

Longtime Rotterdam Town Justice Kenneth P. Litz and Schenectady City Court Judge Matthew Sypniewski are each seeking the seat being vacated by retiring Judge Karen Drago.

Each is running unopposed on their respective major party lines. Litz is running on the Republican line, while Sypniewski is running on the Democratic line.

But it is on the third-party lines where the two will first face off in the Sept. 9 primary.

Both Litz and Sypniewski are contesting each of four minor party ballot lines. Both are seeking the Working Families, Conservative, Independence and Green party lines, election officials said.

Litz, 59, has been a Rotterdam town justice since 1990. He also works in private practice in Schenectady, working in a variety of areas from real estate to criminal defense.

Litz is a 1976 graduate of Siena College and 1979 graduate of the Pace University School of Law in White Plains.

Sypniewski, 38, is seeking the County Court bench after three years as Schenectady City Court judge and seven years in the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office, where he headed the major crimes bureau.

Sypniewski is a 1997 graduate of the University at Albany and a 2001 graduate of Albany Law School.

The County Court judgeship is one of two judgeships on the September primary ballot and general election ballot.

Schenectady County’s new Family Court judgeship is up for grabs, as well.

Four Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination: Ursula Hall, Bruce Trachtenberg, Patricia Rodriguez and Jill Polk.

Only one candidate, Deanna Siegel, filed to run on the Republican line.

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