LIVINGSTON COUNTY — The county suffered great loss on Wednesday with the passing of Ron Cicoria, former Judge, District Attorney, and Special Assistant to the District Attorney.
Judge Cicoria, who retired in 2005 as the longest sitting County Judge in New York State, had said in the past that he was originally inspired to study the practice of law by the magnificent visage of the County Courthouse, which he often saw on his way to class at SUNY Geneseo. Judge Cicoria would later go on to obtain his law degree from Albany University.
“He was one of my heroes,” said former Livingston County District Attorney and current New York State Supreme Court Justice Tom Moran. “He was my mentor and truly a wonderful guy. I’m broken-hearted.”
The respect between Judge Cicoria and Judge Moran was mutual, as Judge Cicoria often praised Judge Moran for his hard work and desire to prosecute his own cases and not pass them off to other prosecutors.
Judge Cicoria was a trailblazer who rapidly climbed the county’s legal ladder. After just two years of practicing law, he was elected as the District Attorney at the age of 32, and then as a County Court Judge at 35.
“Judge Cicoria was wise, but had as much street wisdom as legal wisdom,” said Judge Moran, who was honored by Judge Cicoria who spoke at his swearing-in ceremony. “I didn’t take his advice one time, and I regretted it because he was right.”
After retiring from the bench, the District Attorney’s Office hired the former Judge Cicoria as a special assistant to the District Attorney’s Office, where he brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the department.
As a result of Hatch Act regulations, during the legendary 2012 District Attorney’s race, Judge Cicoria temporarily served as Acting District Attorney where he joked, “Everyone should be D.A. at least twice every 40 years.”
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After stepping away from this position, Judge Cicoria was still incredibly active in the community. The Judge constantly attended Geneseo Central School Basketball games with his grandson as well as stayed active politically.