Instead of running again for Herkimer County district attorney, former state Supreme Court justice Michael Daley has decided it is now his time to make the most of his retirement.
The former DA recently said he will not seek the vacant position, which now leaves a two-person race between Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter, a Republican, and local attorney Mary Iocovozzi, a Democrat. She previously ran for Herkimer County Family Court judge in 2010.
After hinting last November that he might run for district attorney to improve how the office is managed, Daley said Thursday that his concerns have since been addressed during a private meeting with Carpenter, who is currently filling in as DA.
“I have discussed some outstanding issues with Jeff Carpenter and Jeff has assured me there are areas where we are in agreement on, and we have no other matters we are in disagreement on,” Daley said. “And as a result of our very professional conversation, I have decided I am not running.”
Neither Carpenter nor Daley would discuss the nature of their conversation.
“He and I did have a discussion, and I wish him well in his retirement,” Carpenter said.
Daley, now 60, served as district attorney for 10 years until 2002. Daley went on to sit as state Supreme Court justice in Herkimer for nearly 10 years until a lack of interest in the judgeship prompted him to step down last summer.
Although Daley did flirt with the idea of running for DA again and Herkimer County Court judge, he said he ultimately came to realize that he didn’t want to be one of those officials who overstay their welcome just for the sake of making more money.
“I’m just reevaluating my entire future,” Daley said. “I’m 60 years old, and I didn’t want to be a judge that’s going to work until I’m 70 or 76 years old. I’m going to enjoy my retirement years, because it ain’t about the money. It’s about quality of life.”
In the meantime, Daley is still handling some criminal cases as a local defense attorney, including former Frankfort village police officer Daniel Herrman against allegations that he possessed a stolen department firearm and a Mid-State correction officer, Michael Wehby, who is accused of beating an inmate.