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June 10, 2013

Farrell to run for town justice

Sean J. Farrell, a former member of the Oneonta Common Council who lives in the town, has announced his candidacy for Oneonta town justice.

“As a businessman, I have experience with contracts, agreements and resolving disputes among employees and between individuals,” Farrell, a business and property owner for more than 30 years, said in a prepared statement.

“As an alderman I have created laws and ordinances, resolved disagreements among neighbors and acquired a keen knowledge of the law,” Farrell said. “I have also utilized the courts and understand and appreciate courtroom policies, procedures and decorum.”

Farrell, said he looks for fairness and equity “for all concerned,” according to a June 6 media release. 

“A judge needs to be fair, balanced and capable of rendering a decision using sound judgment and applying the law correctly, while treating everyone in the courtroom with respect,” Farrell said. 

Farrell served 13 years as an alderman. He also has been involved in the American American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Downtown Revolving Loan Fund, Oneonta Country Club, Goodyear Lake Association and The Boy Scouts of the Baden-Powell Council, among other groups.

“Serving my community has always been important to me,” said Farrell, a 1978 graduate of the State University College at Oneonta. 

In November 2009, Bruce Smith, an incumbent, and Philip Hosley were elected to town justices.

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