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Richard Shay, Former Judge, DA, Dies At 83

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Richard Shay of Cortland died Thursday in Jamesville.

Born in Binghamton, Shay grew up in Cortland and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1950.

He earned a bachelor’s degree at Le Moyne College, went into the Marines and after three years, studied for his law degree at St. John’s University.

Shay joined the Haskell and Foley law firm in 1962 and started his career in public service as a city prosecutor.

He was elected Cortland County, Family and Surrogate Court judge in 1969, and served as a special prosecutor for an Attorney General nursing home investigation.

Shay was elected Cortland County District Attorney in 1979 and served for 18 years.

He stayed in public service, as an administrative law judge for Social Security until 2001.

Richard Shay founded what’s now known as Family Counseling Services and served on boards of several businesses and local organizations.

He was a member of the Cortland School Board, taught at SUNY Cortland, coached at St. Mary’s, George Junior, and in McGraw.

His funeral was at 10 am Monday at St. Mary’s Church.

Richard Shay was 83. Read his Obituary here.

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