- Rich Klein
EXCLUSIVE: Galligan Has Eye On Judgeship In Third Judicial District
Updated: Nov 9, 2022
MONTICELLO - Sullivan County District Attorney Meagan Galligan, who has served in the position since January 2021, will soon announce her candidacy to become a judge in the Third Judicial District, two sources have told The SullivanTimes.
There are currently three vacancies in the district to be filled in this November's elections.
Aside from Sullivan, the district consists of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie and Ulster Counties
Galligan, 40, is a Democrat who was cross-endorsed by the County Republican
District Attorney Meagan Galligan
Committee that helped her to defeat Frank LaBuda - the retired County Court judge - for the DA position in November 2020.
In that election, she also ran on the Conservative and Independence Party lines. The Independence Party (which confuses some voters into thinking it's about being an "Independent" voter) in Sullivan has long been controlled by Tammi Chaboty, wife of Undersheriff Eric Chaboty. The Undersheriff is also the key political strategist behind the Republican Party machine in Sullivan run for years by Sheriff Michael Schiff.
In 2016, then-DA Jim Farrell made Galligan his chief assistant district attorney, and, in 2020, she became Acting District Attorney when Farrell officially took a seat as County Court judge.
She joined the DA's office in 2009, working briefly for then-DA Steve Lungen before Farrell became DA in 2010.
The DA is scheduled to speak at the Liberty Public Library on May 2 as part of its "Senior Coffee Club" series.
(This is a developing story)