Respected Judge Falvey stepping down after reaching age 70

W. Patrick Falvey was 41 when his career took a turn he hoped might happen someday. Just not that soon.

It was 1987. Falvey, then Yates County district attorney, and many others were stunned by the unexpected death of Judge Frederick Dugan, one of the most outgoing and popular jurists in county history. “As a matter of fact, I had breakfast with Fred the morning before he died and we had a nice conversation,” Falvey recalled. “He was a very gregarious guy.

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