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D.A. Race: Prevention/Education Efforts

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Perfetti announcing his candidacy

Perfetti announcing his candidacy

The race for Cortland County District Attorney is the top of the countywide races this year.

Republican Pat Perfetti is trying to unseat Democrat incumbent Mark Suben.

This week, we’ll offer segments in our news outlining some of what the candidates are saying.

“I vividly remember my own grandmother used to say, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” said Pat Perfetti. “With this old adage in mind, if elected your new D-A I will put a strong focus on prevention and education.”

Perfetti pledges to seek grant funding by offering to help with the paperwork.

His goal is to put school resource officers in all county school districts and to appear at anti-drug assemblies in those schools.

Cortland County District Attorney Mark Suben

Cortland County District Attorney Mark Suben

D.A. Mark Suben is concerned this would be a duplication of services, and a bad use of already limited resources in the District Attorney’s office.

“I think there are lots of professional agencies in this community already, who are working very well,” said Suben. “To name two; Family Counseling Services and Cortland Prevention Resources. And there are others.”

Suben says he does offer anti-drug education opportunities to the community.

He recently brought “The Tall Cop” to Cortland to talk with both parents and students about drugs.

He says he occasionally goes into schools to speak.

The candidates are scheduled to participate in a League of Women Voters Meet the Candidates Night Thursday, 7-9 pm, at 51 Port Watson Street in Cortland.

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