Matthew Conlon will seek election

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Matthew Conlon

Penn Yan Village Justice Matthew Conlon is seeking re-election to the post he was appointed to last March when Justice Danny Hibbard retired after 26 years on the bench.

Conlon, an attorney who has practiced in Yates County for 25 years, says he has prosecuted and defended in every court in Yates County, something that has given him experience he says is unmatched and valuable.

Conlon, a Penn Yan Village resident for 23 years, is being challenged for the position by Milo Justice Michael Christensen, a retired Yates County Sheriff Investigator.

As the current judge, Conlon, 53, says he routinely hears over 200 cases per month in the busiest justice court in the county. He credits the court’s staff with maintaining smooth operations. “I’m impressed by the dedication of everyone in the Penn Yan Village office,” he adds.

Saying he is “steeped in courtroom,” Conlon outlines his experience:

• five years as assistant district attorney and first assistant district attorney in Yates County;

• 12 years as Seneca County Public Defender;

• appellate division, fourth department attorney for the child program panel attorney in multiple counties

• founding member, advisory committee, Yates County Children’s Center

He has completed the federally sponsored Drug Treatment Court training, and argued civil and criminal cases in courts of every level in multiple jurisdictions.

Conlon earned his bachelor of arts degree from Colgate University and his Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School.

He was appointed to the justice position last year on the recommendation of Hibbard, who was retiring. He says he has maintained the schedule and practices of the village court. Holding court on Monday evenings is a convenience for the people and for the attorneys, he says, noting there are nights when more than 100 people pass through the village courtroom.

While he can’t get into discussions about cases, Conlon invites the public to visit the courtroom on a Monday night to see how the process works. Civil court begins at 4:30 and the criminal docket begins at 5 p.m.

Conlon presented details about village court procedures during the Senate Task Force hearing on heroinTuesday night in Penn Yan.


In other village election news, voters in Rushville will also have some choices March 15. Incumbent Mayor John Bagley is being challenged in his bid for re-election to the four year term by John Sawers. Bagley has held the post since 2008, and Sawers is a trustee who was appointed to the village board in 2008, then re-elected in 2009 and 2014.

Three newcomers are running for election to trustee seats in Rushville. The seat currently held by Timothy Jabaut and one vacated when David Field died are up for election. David Masters, Holly Krossber and Kimberly Payne have all filed petitions for the seats that carry four year terms.