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Local judge receives Republican nod

SARANAC LAKE - The race is on to fill the vacated justice seat in New York's Fourth Judicial District of the Supreme Court, and one local judge has officially picked up the Republican nomination in advance of the Nov. 3 general election.

Essex County Family and Surrogate Court Justice Richard B. Meyer received the GOP nomination yesterday. The Republican delegates of the Fourth Judicial District voted unanimously to endorse Meyer as one of its candidates for the two vacant Supreme Court seats.

The delegates represent each of the 11 counties in the district, including the counties of Saratoga, Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Warren, Washington, Fulton, Montgomery, Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton.

Former state Supreme Court Justice Dominick J. Viscardi gave Meyer his resounding support following the endorsement.

"Meyer is a judge with the uncanny ability to determine pivotal issues of any particular manner," he said. "He decides cases in a manner that is thorough and fair."

The delegation also endorsed Washington County judge Thomas E. Mercure, who is seeking reelection to the post he's held for 28 years. Justice Meyer lives in Saranac Lake.

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