The Police Benevolent Association of the New York State Troopers has endorsed Republican Mackenzie “Mac” Stutzman in this year’s election for Yates County Judge. This follows last month’s endorsement of Stutzman by the Yates County Law Enforcement Officers Union Local 1869 (also known as Yates County COPS).
In their letter of endorsement, the State Troopers PBA stated, “It is with careful consideration that the NYSTPBA is endorsing Mac Stutzman for election as Yates County Court Judge. The NYSTPBA is confident that Mac Stutzman is the best candidate for Yates County Court Judge.” The organization represents more than 7,000 active and retired uniformed members of the State Police from the rank of Trooper through Major.
Stutzman launched his candidacy for Yates County Judge late last year. He currently serves as First Assistant District Attorney in the Yates County D.A.’s Office where he is responsible for all aspects of prosecution for criminal cases across the county.
Previously, Stutzman served as Chemung County Public Defender, Steuben County Assistant Public Defender and Staff Attorney for Legal Assistance of Western New York, and taught as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Corning Community College.
As a “three-hat” position, the Yates County Judge presides over cases in County (criminal) Court, Family Court, and Surrogate’s Court. This countywide judgeship will be on the ballot in the November election following former Yates County Judge Jason Cook’s recent ascent to State Supreme Court.
Stutzman is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Georgetown University Law Center. He lives in Penn Yan with his wife, Olivia, who works as a Regional Supervisor at Cornell Cooperative Extension, and their newborn daughter.