Judge LaBuda announces he will run for a second term

MONTICELLO, NY — Flanked by his wife and daughter, Sullivan County Judge Frank Labuda announced last week that he will seek a second 10-year term in office. LaBuda tried his first felony trail 25 years ago in the courthouse as an assistant district attorney. He was elected judge in 1996.

In brief remarks on the steps of the county courthouse, Labuda said the increase in crime in the county, especially the increased drug activity, is the biggest criminal justice problem facing the county. He said, “There has been a staggering 25-percent increase in crime over last year alone.” He noted, however, that even with the increase his court has avoided a backlog of cases.

LaBuda will run on the democratic line. John LiGreci, Chairman of the Sullivan County Republican Party, said his party would not back a candidate to run against LaBuda.

TRR photo by Fritz Mayer
Legislator Kathy Labuda, left, Judge Frank LaBuda and daughter Erika stand in front of the Monticello Court House as the judge announces his campaign for a second 10-year term. (Click for larger version)