Oneida County Family Court Judge Jim Griffith, a Republican, has announced his campaign for re-election to a third term.
Griffith, age 64, is seeking another 10-year term.
“I hope to continue my work in many areas, especially helping children whose parents are addicts or alcoholics,” Griffith said.
“No one had to tell Family Court judges that we had and have an opiate crisis in Oneida County and New York State. I decided I had to do something new about it and started the county’s Family Drug Treatment Court 16 years ago,” he added.
“There we hold parents accountable and provide whatever services their children need to reunite them with a sober parent, and when that is not possible find them a loving permanent home,” said Griffith.
“This Court has been able to accomplish those goals faster (and at less expense). These children deserve our best support and ideas, and I am proud of our results,” the incumbent Family Court judge added.
“Some of best success is
shown by the 30 babies born drug free to our participants while they were supervised by this Court,” Griffith added.
“I hope to have the chance to continue the important work I started 16 years ago,” he said.
Griffith was born and raised in Rome, graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1972 and attended college at Princeton University and law school at Columbia, graduating in 1980.
He worked on the staff of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and for several law firms (including with his father Emlyn Griffith) before being elected to Family Court, he said.
Griffith has been chosen to serve on the court system’s statewide committee on Drug Courts and to be a “raise the age” judge as part of the state initiative to handle juvenile crimes committed by 16 and 17 year olds, he added.
“I look forward to the opportunity to serve in these significant positions, and I appreciate the confidence the Administrative Judges have in me to allow me to serve,” Griffith said.
His particular interest is the application of science to legal proceedings, having received training over three years in a Justice Department program to teach science to state court
Griffith said Democratic challenger Jessica Reynolds-Amuso is a “fine lawyer” and noted that he nominated her to be law guardian of the year several years ago, “who has a nice family which is an asset to this county.”
Griffith lives in Rome with his wife, the former Dianne Galuski. They have a son, Evan.
Family Court hears matters involving children and families. Its jurisdiction includes: Adoption; guardianship; foster care approval/review; delinquency; persons in need of supervision; family offense/domestic violence; child protective proceedings (abuse and neglect); termination of parental rights; custody and visitation; and support.