I am writing in strong support of Donna Cathy, candidate for Seneca County judge.

I know Donna and had the distinct privilege to work with her as part of her staff during her service as our district attorney. I can say without reservation that she will be an exceptionally fair judge for the people of Seneca County and will treat everyone in her courtroom — from the staff to the litigants to the attorneys — with dignity and respect. That is just the kind of person that she is.

During her two terms as DA, Donna demonstrated a mastery of the law, while thinking outside the box to run an office with minimal resources. She herself — during the late evening hours which she routinely worked into as a “part-time” DA — wrote the grant that started the Victim Witness Assistant program. That program, which Donna started so many years ago, continues even today to help our most vulnerable county residents and victims of crime.

Donna tirelessly advocated for victim’s rights across the board. She navigated the role with great humility, and has continued her mission to protect and defend Seneca County’s most vulnerable residents in her private practice.

Aside from her work, Ms. Cathy has given so much back to our community. As DA, she was always reaching out to collaborate with local agencies and law enforcement to educate not only in our county but across the state. She gave testimony during Albany legislative hearings to provide a voice and address the unique issues facing small rural counties like Seneca County. Why? Because she genuinely cares, and took action to make this a better place for you and I and our families to live in and grow up in.

Donna has been an amazing role model to not only her family and son, but to our community. She has volunteered her talents, free time and energy to so many organizations, including the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Drug Abuse Task Force, Wayne-Finger Lakes Steering Committee for Safe Schools and Strong Communities, and the YMCA, just to name a few.

It is Donna Cathy’s distinctive background and deep-rooted commitment to Seneca County that sets her apart from the other candidates and uniquely qualifies her to step into the role of being our judge. Judge Cathy will be an asset to Seneca County, and I hope everyone will join me and my family and friends to get out and vote for her on Sept. 13.

Patricia Agnello

Seneca Falls