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City deserves fair and positive campaign

August 17, 2012
The Leader Herald

I am Traci DiMezza, a candidate for Gloversville City Court judge. This letter is written in response to the letter of Lance Gundersen, who wrote about an incident that occurred 16 years ago in my career.

Allow me to provide you with the compete facts.

After law school, I was employed by a firm in Westchester County. After leaving the firm in September 1996, I was alerted to discrepancies with the firm's escrow account. I immediately retained an attorney and filed an action to seize control of that account, in order to protect client funds.

My actions uncovered evidence that my former employer, Steven Friedman, had misused escrow funds. As a result, a total of 68 checks that I had properly issued, in good faith, were drawn against funds that had either been moved or withdrawn by Friedman. These facts served as the basis for the 68 counts against me and resulted in my public reprimand. My employer, on the other hand, was indicted on criminal charges and disbarred.

Ultimately, I ensured that all those affected were made whole, and this event has shaped a career, which I believe, is devoted to protecting others.

I have spent the past year talking about integrity and accountability: character traits that are essential in a judicial leader. John Clo claims to have integrity, and yet routinely condones public attacks on his opponents that omit important facts that people deserve to know. This is politics at its worst. Candidates go negative when they have nothing of value to say.

In the end, this election isn't about myself, Matt Trainor or John Clo. It's about Gloversville and the issues facing our city. It's about the role our justice system plays in our quality of life. I have promised the people of Gloversville a fair and positive campaign, based on the issues. I will keep that promise, one door and one voter at a time.


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