The Niagara County Conservative Party Chairman Daniel Weiss announced Feb. 8 he has endorsed former Niagara Falls City Court Judge Angelo J. Morinello's bid for the New York State Assembly race in the 145th district.
Morinello seeks to unseat John Ceretto.
A Republican from Niagara Falls, he was the only candidate in which the Conservative Party considered for endorsement due to the longstanding working relationship between the two since Morinello was first elected to the bench in 2002.
"We were thrilled to continue our support of Angelo once again after endorsing him in 2002 and again in 2012 for his seat on the bench," Weiss said. "We can't think of a more honest, humble and hardworking man to represent the 145th Assembly district in Albany, and are extremely excited to be behind him."
Judge Morinello served on the Niagara Falls City Court bench from 2001 until Dec. 31, 2015, when he was forced into mandatory retirement.
"The people expected me to serve them for 10 years, however due to the rules of the state, I was only allowed to serve three of the years due to age restrictions. I feel that I owe the people seven years of service," Morinello said. "I still have a lot left in me."