Canandaigua City Court Judge Stephen Aronson to retire

City Court Judge Stephen Aronson has a bit of advice for the person who replaces him.

Aronson, during a swearing-in ceremony for city councilmembers on Sunday, announced 2018 will be his last on the bench. New York judges are required to retire when they turn 70, and he hits the milestone in January.

“Whoever runs will have to roll up their sleeves and work,” Aronson said.

Aronson was appointed acting city judge and then ran successfully for a full term, beginning in 1983. The terms at the time were four years and during his tenure eventually were extended to six and then 10 years, as a result of the position becoming full time while presiding over the drug, veterans and mental health courts, he said.

The job also entails weekend arraignments at the Ontario County Jail, Family Court work, assignments outside the county, and the criminal calendar every Monday and Wednesday.

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