If you are a voter in the NYS Supreme Court 8th Judicial District which encompasses Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties, there are 5 Justice seats up for election.
We are strongly advocating and endorsing the following 3 candidates of the 8 that appear on the ballot:
Elect Paul B. Wojtaszek, (R, C, I, D) – Highly Qualified, Supreme Court Principal Law Clerk to Justice Russell P. Buscaglia
As for the other 2 seats, we will be casting write in votes [although if we had to, we would also vote for Donna Siwek (R) and Jeanette Ogden (D)]. For one we will not support any candidate running on the WFP line, and we outright object to the politicized horse trading that went on with the endorsements/cross endorsements of Dennis Ward. Mr Ward is a partisan Democrat and a purely establishment reward choice going to the least qualified and least deserving of all the candidates as far as we are concerned.
Consider this quote: “G. Steven Pigeon, a former chairman of Erie County Democrats who holds the current leadership in low regard said he is especially upset with the cross-endorsement of Ward, a longtime political rival whom he called “the hack of hacks … an ego-driven man who has shown no judicial qualities.”
Cross-endorsements complicate the politics of picking a judge – Highest-rated, most qualified, and the most respected candidate (Marshall) snubbed by party bosses