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Friday, July 10, 2020


Sequel to McGuire's appointment to be released in 2024

May 11, 2020

To the editor:
We watched the McGuire story unfold and now we the residents of Sullivan County need to witness the aftermath.
The McGuire story as it played out in 2020 was somewhat confusing and perhaps paradoxical. The story opened with a judge that was deemed unfit (McGuire) by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. The commission voted 7-0 to suspend him from the bench with pay. Then the newly elected Sullivan County legislature voted without everyone present 6-1 to appoint McGuire. The story gets even more muddled when a county official stated: “McGuire will not collect his salary as a suspended judge”.
The story is difficult to follow as there are gaps and unanswered questions. It appears there is more to this story that needs to be written.
To quote a line from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” although in this case, it's Sullivan County.
Critics consensus, despite a story of big names, this was a stinker.
Let's hope when the new cast of legislators is elected the sequel will play out better than the original.

Moreen Lerner
Kauneonga Lake

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