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Retired Judge Tim Buckley looks back at time on bench in Geneva

Retired City Court Judge Tim Buckley is reflecting on his time spent on the bench.

He spent nearly 25 years on the bench, and tried to encourage those he encountered to work their way onto the right road.

“Everybody can get on the wrong road, myself included,” Buckley told the Finger Lakes Times. “You encourage people to get on the right road.”

He spent his last 12 years as supervising judge, and next month – he’ll turn 70. Buckley admitted that he could have ran last November for another term, and served through 2020 before aging out.

Buckley called the transition “a little bit of an adjustment.”

State Supreme Court Justice Craig Doran showered praise on Buckley. “I’ve known Tim Buckley since before I was an attorney, and my first impression was what a decent guy he was and the kind of lawyer that I would love to be some day,” he said. “When I went to law school, my dream was to come back home, hang a shingle and do a little bit of everything — and that has been what Tim has done for his entire career. He’s also been a great judge and showed concern for people in his courtroom. Above all that is his love of community and the people of Geneva.”


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