Endorsement from James Sottile (D), Former Mayor of City of Kingston

It is with confidence that I offer my enthusiastic endorsement for Independent Candidate Michael Kavanagh in his bid for the position of Ulster County District Attorney. Having served as the Mayor of Kingston for ten years. I have had the privilege of working closely with the District Attorney’s office and law enforcement agencies, and I believe that Michael Kavanagh is exceptionally qualified for this vital role.

One of the standout qualifications that sets Michael apart is his extensive experience as an Assistant Public Defender. His time as an advocate for the defense has given him a unique and invaluable perspective on the criminal justice system. He has seen firsthand the complexities and challenges faced by individuals who come into contact with the legal system. This view point enables him to approach his role with empathy, fairness, and a deep understanding of the rights and needs of all members of our community.

During my tenure as Mayor, I had the opportunity to witness Michael’s dedication to justice and his unwavering commitment to upholding the principles of fairness and equality under the law. He consistently demonstrated a willingness to engage with the community and listen to the concerns of residents. This cooperative approach is essential for building trust between law enforcement and the community, a bond that is fundamental to effective crime prevention and public safety.

Furthermore, Michael’s ability to work with various stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies, defense attorneys, and community organizations, was evident in his role as Chief Assistant District Attorney. This collaborative spirit is a valuable asset that he will bring to the District Attorney’s office, where partnerships are essential for achieving positive outcomes in our community. I have no doubt that he will serve our community with integrity, fairness, and a deep commitment to upholding the law.

Please consider giving your support to Michael Kavanagh in the upcoming election. Our community deserves a District Attorney who is not only experienced and knowledgeable but also deeply invested in the well-being and safety of its residents. Michael Kavanagh is that candidate.


James Michael Sottile
Former Mayor of City of Kingston