In the presence of her family and over 250 supporters in attendance at a celebration in her honor at the LaSalle Yacht Club, Judge Erin P. DeLabio announced her candidacy for the office of Niagara County Family Court judge.
DeLabio, a current Wheatfield town justice and confidential law clerk to the Hon. Kathleen Wajtaszek Gariano, is looking this fall to fill the seat vacated by retiring Family Court Judge John F. Batt.
"Over the past 20 years, I have represented spouses trying to escape abusive relationships and start a new life," DeLabio said. "I have represented children who are torn by the struggles of seeing parents fight and split up. I have represented families wanting to adopt a foster child and give them a better home and start on a future they could not otherwise have."
"Because of my experiences and because I know how important it is to have a judicial system which hears and will listen to all these voices, I am today announcing my candidacy for Niagara County Family Court judge," she continued.
DeLabio is a graduate of the State University College at Buffalo. She received her juris doctor degree from the School of Law at Queens College in 1992. She began her career helping low-income and financially disadvantaged individuals with their legal problems and, for six years, was an assistant county attorney representing Niagara County. She is recognized as a leading member of the Niagara County bar in the area of family and matrimonial law, having been involved in hundreds of family law, custody, visitation and child support cases. Because of her expertise, DeLabio was selected in 2012 to be confidential law clerk to Wojtaszek Gariano.
"Family Court is the institution which has to deal with and resolve family struggles, protect children from abuse and neglect, and give people who have no good place to turn a fresh start," DeLabio said. "As your next Family Court judge, I pledge to be both compassionate and deliberative and to always do what is best for our children, our families and our community."
The office of Family Court judge will be voted on at the election to be held Nov. 7.