Mayor David appoints new City Court Judge

By Nicky Hickling

Mayor David appoints new City Court Judge

April 7, 2014 Updated Apr 7, 2014 at 11:46 AM EST

Binghamton, NY ( WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton Mayor Richard David announced Monday he will appoint Carol Cocchiola as City Court Judge to fill a spot left by Mary Anne Lehmann, who retired April 4.

“Carol brings decades of legal experience to the City bench,” said Mayor David. “I was impressed by her many years as a criminal prosecutor and work in the Attorney General’s Office supervising attorneys and investigations. I felt that experience made her the best candidate. As a new City Court Judge, Carol will play an important role in promoting law and order in Binghamton.”

Cocchiola’s appointment is for the remainder of Judge Lehmann’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2014. She is expected to take the oath of office and begin work in late April.

All three City Court Judge seats are up for election on Nov. 4 of this year. Once elected, City Court Judges serve a 10-year term beginning January 1, 2015.

“It’s an honor to be selected by the Mayor to fill this critical judicial position,” said Cocchiola. “I’m looking forward to continuing my public service career and doing my part to improve the quality of life for all Binghamton residents.”

Since 1998, Cocchiola has served in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, assigned to represent New York State agencies in federal and state courts. In 2012, she was appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General In Charge, supervising attorneys, investigators and staff.

From 1987 to 1998, Cocchiola worked as a criminal prosecutor in the Broome County District Attorney’s Office with felony caseload duties from investigation through jury trial and post-verdict stages.

“I’m grateful for Judge Lehmann’s service to the City of Binghamton,” continued David. “She leaves large shoes to fill and Carol is the right choice to fill them.”

Cocchiola, a City of Binghamton resident, is a graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Law and Duquesne University, and member of the Broome County Bar Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Memorial Association. In the past, Cocchiola served on the Board of Directors for Action for Older Persons and is a former member of the Broome County Family Violence Prevention Council.

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