Jill Polk wins Schenectady County Family Court judge nomination

Jill Polk. Photo by Rebecca IsenhartJill Polk. Photo by Rebecca Isenhart
Jill Polk. Photo by Rebecca Isenhart

Jill Polk. Photo by Rebecca Isenhart

Jill Polk edged Ursula Hall — the Schenectady County Democrats’ endorsed candidate — to land the endorsement for county Family Court judge.

The senior attorney at the state Commission on Judicial Conduct landed 2,214 votes to beat Hall, who notched 1,717 votes, according to unofficial results in the four-way primary Tuesday. Patricia Rodriguez placed third with 1,017 votes, while Bruce Trachtenberg landed a distant fourth with 547 votes.

Polk will now go on to face Duanesburg’s Deanna Siegel, who is running on the Republican ticket. They are vying for a new third seat that was created in the court by the state Legislature to help alleviate a backlog of cases.

The race for the Democratic nomination proved unusually crowded. All four Democratic candidates for the party are residents of the town of Niskayuna.

Polk has two decades of Family Court experience, including 17 years in Schenectady County. From 2004-08, Polk was the senior assistant public defender for Schenectady County. She ran for a vacancy on the Family Court bench last year, but was defeated in a primary by fellow Democrat Kevin Burke, who went on to win the seat unopposed.

—By Justin Mason, Gazette Reporter