Washington County Courthouse renamed, causing controversy

Posted at: 04/19/2014 10:36 AM
Updated at: 04/19/2014 10:37 AM
By: Associated Press

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York courthouse is being named for a recently retired judge, but another jurist is saying, "Objection!"
The Post-Star of Glens Falls (http://bit.ly/1hXBKtx ) says the Washington County Board of Supervisors voted Friday to name the county's courthouse after recently retired state Supreme Court Justice Thomas Mercure.
Former Washington County Judge Philip Berke says that's "a slap in the face" to other longtime judges in the area. Berke says that he's not criticizing Mercure but that others also deserve recognition for their judicial careers.
Berke told the Board of Supervisors he's "pretty ticked off." He noted that he was county judge when the courthouse was completed in 1993.
Mercure retired last month. Berke retired in 2006, when he hit a state mandatory retirement age for judges.

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