School board member and former county court candidate Seth Peacock named Ithaca City Court Judge

July 2, 2014 by Rachel Cera

Seth Peacock, a fourth-term member of the Ithaca City School District school board, was appointed this morning by Mayor Svante Myrick to fill the City Court Judge vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Judith Rossiter. The Mayor selected Mr. Peacock after interviewing five applicants for the position.

Seth Peacock, newly appointed Ithaca City Court Judge. Photo from his campaign web site.Seth Peacock, newly appointed Ithaca City Court Judge. Photo from his campaign web site.The new judge, whose appointment will run from July 7th to December 31st, 2014, was a tractor-trailer driver for ten years before putting himself through Cornell Law School, and has practiced civil and criminal law as well as serving as a school board member for the last nine years. He was just re-elected to the ICSD school board, and serves as its vice president.

"It is truly humbling that a kid from the NYC projects who never knew his father could first become an attorney and then judge," Mr. Peacock said in a statement. "I have tried my best to serve the young people of our community and I hope to continue as judge by reestablishing a youth court, enhancing our drug court program, and analyzing our other alternatives to incarceration programs for their efficacy."

Mayor Myrick says, "It was Mr. Peacock's balance of legal experience, proven commitment, ties to the community, and innovative ideas to address some of the challenges faced in City Court that made him stand out."

Mr. Peacock was one of four candidates in the Democratic primary last year for a ten-year Tompkins County Court term, and came in third behind Joe Cassidy, who eventually won the general election, and Pamela Bleiwas. 

The new appointee says he plans to run in the Democratic primary this September and then the general election in November to hold the position. He joins the Honorable Scott Miller on the bench in Ithaca City Court, which handles criminal matters, traffic tickets, local law and building code violations, small claims court, evictions, and landlord/tenant disputes.

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