Vowing to hold parents responsible for disruptions in their families lives, Watertown attorney Eugene J. Langone Jr. announced Friday he is running for Jefferson County Family Court judge.
Mr. Langone, a partner with Hrabchak Gebo & Langone PC, made his announcement before more than 100 people at the Italian-American Civic Association, 192 Bellew Ave., introduced by Assemblyman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, R-Black River.
I believe that with his integrity, work ethic and compassion, he is the right guy to be sitting on that bench, Mr. Blankenbush said.
Mr. Langone, 53, has worked in the Family Court system for 25 years, including with the county attorneys office, where for six years he was responsible for the prosecution and trials of juvenile offenders. His private practice has focused on family law matters, including thousands of cases involving the protection of children.
A father of three grown children two teachers and a third working toward a finance degree Mr. Langone said the overriding mandate for a Family Court judge is to protect children and he will require responsibility from parents.
I am a practicing attorney, but Im a parent first and foremost, he said. Make no mistake: I will protect the children of Jefferson County to the best of my ability the same way I protected my own children.
Mr. Langone is a board member and past president of Family Counseling Service of Northern New York, a member of the Youth Court advisory board, a former member of the countys Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition and chairman of the Tri-Rivers Boy Scout district committee and its Eagle Scout review board.
Professionally, he was a member of the Fifth Judicial Districts attorney grievance committee from 2007 to 2013 and is a member of the county and state bar associations.
He has been elected delegate to the Fifth Judicial District Republican Supreme Court nominating convention for 2011 and 2013, including the 2011 contested convention during which Jefferson County was successful in retaining a local Supreme Court seat. He also has served as municipal counsel for the town of LeRay since 2001.
Mr. Langone holds a bachelors degree from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, and a law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio. He and his wife, Amy, a nurse educator at Samaritan Medical Center, are the parents of three children David, Nicole and John.