To the editor and citizens of Ulster County,
I am writing this letter to advise of my full endorsement of Michael Kavanagh for the office of Ulster County District Attorney.
As a Chief Assistant District Attorney Mike has prosecuted some of the most serious crimes in our county including murder, rape and domestic abusers. For over 20 years he has defended the victims of crime and provided a sense of closure to them while ensuring those guilty pay the price for their crimes.
Mike has also acted, recently, in private practice and the public defenders’ office, giving him a balanced perspective of the criminal justice system.
Mike has been an outspoken advocate for programs to address the opioid crisis which plagues our communities. He has served on the Countywide Opioid Taskforce, the Ulster County Opioid Taskforce and is currently serving on the advisory board of Hope Rocks, an organization dedicated to addiction awareness and suicide prevention. He is a strong supporter of the Ulster County Drug Court, Opioid Court and other alternatives to incarceration; to provide a path to recovery as I was.
Mike has also worked with the Ulster County service organizations, helping veterans to navigate the legal justice system.
Mike has a goal of implementing a Restorative Justice System Program to assist young offenders with the chance to work with professionals to better themselves and reduce recidivism without a criminal record.
Michael Kavanagh is running as an independent, not beholden to any political party or their influence. He has shown that he can prosecute those who would harm our communities to the fullest extent of the law while at the same time realizing there are those who need assistance to better their lives and ours.
For 28 years I served my community as a Judge. My court was one where the District Attorney’s office often sent their younger attorneys to learn the intricacies of the criminal justice system. I have experienced Mike on both sides of cases. I cannot more strongly endorse Michael. His leadership will once again restore the integrity of the office of District Attorney and once again focus on the protection of our county.
Matthew J. Parker
Former Village of Ellenville Justice