Monroe judge enters state Supreme Court race (updated)

Monroe Town Justice Steven Milligram, a trial lawyer who has presided over municipal court cases in Monroe for the last seven years, opened a campaign fundraising committee on Wednesday to run for the state Supreme Court seat that Justice Sandra Sciortino must vacate after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 this year.

Milligram, a Democrat, is a partner in the City of Newburgh firm of Catania, Mahon, Milligram & Rider, and specializes in health-care lawsuits. His second, four-year term as a Monroe town justice expires at the end of this year.

Sciortino, who is also a Democrat, won a 14-year term on the bench in 2012 and is one of three elected Supreme Court justices in Orange County, which also has four acting justices handling Supreme Court cases. Orange is part of the state’s five-county 9th Judicial District.

Democratic and Republican committees will nominate Supreme Court candidates in conventions held between Aug. 8 and Aug. 14.

(Update: Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the state Office of Court Administration, said Sciortino can ask to extend her tenure by as long as six years after “aging out,” which would be granted in two-year increments. He also said that two other Supreme Court justices in the 9th District are aging out this year and another has reached the last year of his term, which means as many as four justice seats will be on the ballot in the 9th District this year.)

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