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August 25, 2012


Lawbeat: Here's one candidate everyone seems to like

By Robert Gavin

Albany Times Union

Updated 10:57 a.m., Wednesday, August 15, 2012

With 10 candidates for two Assembly seats and a hotly contested battle for district attorney, Democrats in Albany County have no shortage of drama before next month's primary.

Then there's the race for Albany County judge and its one candidate, attorney Peter Lynch.

Lynch, whose brother, Michael, is a state Supreme Court justice in Albany, appears to be the one candidate that Democratic lawyers apparently all like.

The last two campaign filings — the most recent being 32 days before Lynch's "primary" versus nobody — show the well-respected attorney has received financial support from both prosecutors, defense lawyers, politicians and several others.

His backers include, among others, Albany defense lawyer Cheryl Coleman ($1,000), the Powers and Santola law firm ($1,000), lawyer James Long ($625) attorney Gaspar Castillo ($250), Albany County state Supreme Court Chief Clerk Charles Diamond ($125), Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan ($100) as well as least eight members of District Attorney David Soares' staff who contributed between $50 and $125.

Lynch has a closing balance of $16,298 — not that he'll need it.