Thomas E. Mercure graduated
from Saint Michael's College in 1965 and Georgetown University Law Center
in 1968. A resident of Hudson Falls, in 1973 he joined the staff
of the Washington County District Attorney where, from 1974 to 1977, he
served as First Assistant District Attorney. Justice Mercure served
as Washington County District Attorney from 1977 until 1981 and as a Washington
County Judge in 1981. He also was engaged in the private practice
of law from 1969 until 1981.
Justice Mercure was elected to the Supreme Court in 1981 and was reelected
in 1995. He was named a Justice of the Third Department, effective
January 1, 1988. He has served on the Pattern Jury Instructions Committee
since 1991 and was recently named by Chief Judge Kaye as chair of the State
Ethics Commission of the Unified Court System. He temporarily sat
on the Court of Appeals in 1994 by designation.