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Tompkins County Judge John Rowley will retire in March

Tompkins County Judge John Rowley is set to retire effective March 1, after serving 23 years as a county judge.

Rowley, who turns 65 in February, submitted his resignation to the Board of Elections and the New York State Unified Court System, with a desire to spend more time with his family and pursue personal interests.


Rowley’s decision was made public on January 4, coinciding with Town of Lansing Judge Maura Kennedy-Smith’s announcement of her candidacy for the Tompkins County judge position.

A transitional coverage plan for 2024 is in place until a new judge is elected in the fall, with the primary election scheduled for June 25.