Romano becomes first female Family Court Judge
..... November 18, 2000
..... Election officials have declared Bernadette Romano the winner in the race for County Family Court Judge race. “I’m thrilled,” Romano said early Saturday afternoon on her way to the Oneida County Board of Elections office. “I’m thankful to the voters of the Oneida County.” The board tallied the final counts for all 209 election districts on Saturday, November 18th. Romano is the first female Family Court judge in Oneida County. Romano garnered 44,280 votes, to her Republican opponents 43,072 votes.
The term for Family Court judge, which begins in January, is a 10-year term. The annual salary is $125,000. Oneida County Family Court is the one of the busiest courts in the county judicial system, resolving nearly 14,000 cases in 1999. Its three judges preside over cases including child abuse, child support, custody, foster care, domestic violence, neglect and juvenile crime. Election officials said, "More than anything, this race showed that every vote does count.”
Romano thanked her family and the county for their support during the campaign. “Everybody was a huge help to me,” she said. “You can’t do this alone.” Romano is Oneida County’s first assistant district attorney and is in charge of the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office Special Victims Unit, which prosecutes cases of child sexual and physical abuse. Along with her long-awaited win, Romano said she is also the first woman to be elected to the position of Oneida County Family Court judge. “I’m proud of that,” she said.
Romano did good job handling tough case
..... Letter to the Editor from the Observer Dispatch 5/24/2000
behalf of my daughter and family, I would like to thank Oneida County
First District Attorney Bernadette Romano.