Cayuga Nation, NY — The Cayuga Nation has appointed a well-known local lawyer and former judge to preside over its newly created criminal court.
Joseph Fahey, 69, of Pompey, who last served as the city of Syracuse’s top lawyer after retiring as a criminal court judge, will handle trials under the Nation’s new criminal laws, the Cayuga Nation announced in a news release.
Fahey’s career has included work as a defense lawyer, running for Syracuse mayor and serving as a County Court judge. He worked as corporation counsel for former Mayor Stephanie Miner during the last year of her administration.
The Cayuga Nation’s move comes months after it created its own police force, led by retired state police Capt. Mark Lincoln.
Fahey will preside over criminal trials brought on the Nation. Former Wayne County Court Judge Dennis Kehoe will hear appeals.
“Judges Fahey and Kehoe have substantial experience in criminal matters and bring those many years of experience as well as excellent reputations for integrity to our Nation’s court system,” said Clint Halftown, the nation’s federally recognized representative.
The judicial system will grow with additional personnel in the near future, the release said. The police force is also growing under Lincoln’s tenure.
Halftown’s government has been in conflict with the Cayuga Nation’s traditional leadership for years.