MAYVILLE - Stephen W. Cass
has worked the last decade for the people of Chautauqua County.
Elected Surrogate Court Judge of Chautauqua County
in 1999, Cass
is running unopposed for a second 10-year term in Tuesday's election.
When appointed to the seat in April 1999, Cass
was 35 - the youngest surrogate in the state at the time and quite possibly, according to Cass, the youngest surrogate ever elected in New York's history.
said the distinction is a result of his
having started young.
Before a person can run for the position of surrogate, they have to have had 10 years experience as an attorney.
Just being elected to the position, though, was the only thing Cass said he
has ever wanted.
"I have always, since the third grade, known that I was going to be the surrogate court judge," Cass said.
"That was my plan.
It's a dream come true.
I'd like to believe that the people of Chautauqua County
are very satisfied with the hard work and dedication that I've provided over the last 10 years.
is in the process now of having the surrogate court be allowed to accept filings electronically.
Accomplishing that will make Chautauqua County
the second county in the state able to accept electronic filings.
When the county created the inter-domestic violence court, it was the 12th in New York state to get the court.
Additionally, Cass said that he
next 10 years in office will continue to bring about many technological changes.
"I practiced law for 10 years and have been a judge now for 10 years and the one thing that I continue to see is the rapid advancement of technology," Cass
is a lifelong resident of Chautauqua County