CANTON - A political newcomer, attorney Andrew S. Moses believes his nearly two decades of experience in dealing with children and family law makes him "uniquely qualified" to serve as St. Lawrence County Family Court judge.
Mr. Moses, a St. Lawrence County deputy county attorney, will announce his run for the judicial seat at 5:30 p.m. today on the steps of the St. Lawrence County Courthouse.
He has been the deputy county attorney under four bosses since 2002.
"I want to run for Family Court judge because I want to help children," said Mr. Moses, a Republican. "My experience and background will allow me to do that. It makes me uniquely qualified to be a Family Court judge."
He graduated in 1984 from SUNY Stony Brook with a bachelor's degree in history and received his law degree in 1989 from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Mich.
Originally from Long Island, Mr. Moses moved to St. Lawrence County in 1992 to become a county Department of Social Services attorney.
His work focused on child abuse, neglect and child support cases.
In 1995, he moved into private practice when he acquired Robert J. Ayling's law office. He worked on criminal, bankruptcy, real estate and divorces, but concentrated mostly on one area of law.
"My focus was primarily on family law," Mr. Moses said. "I did a lot of law guardian work, which I enjoyed."
He was hired in February 2002 by then county attorney William F. Maginn to serve as deputy county attorney. His work centers on prosecuting juvenile delinquents and covering Uniform Interstate Family Support Act cases in Family Court, along with doing workers compensation cases. He also works on other county matters as needed.
Mr. Moses said he wants to make the experience for children and families in a courtroom setting as comfortable as possible.
"As a judge, my priority will be the children," Mr. Moses said. "I will treat them with respect and dignity."
He and his wife, Renee C., live in Canton. They have two children, Rachel, 13, and Samuel, 7.
He's a member of the St. Lawrence County Bar Association and been a Gouverneur Kiwanis Club member.
Judge Barbara R. Potter will announce her intentions April 19 on whether she'll seek a second 10-year term. Cecily L. Morris, a Supreme Court law clerk working for Judge David R. Demarest, is also considering entering the race.