Phillip R. Rumsey



Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department (Cortland, Sixth District), 2017-2019


Justice Phillip R. Rumsey was appointed to the Appellate Division, Third Department effective May 26, 2017. He graduated from Hamilton College and Syracuse University College of Law. He was admitted to practice in 1976 and his legal career has included service as Assistant District Attorney (1976-1979) and Assistant County Attorney (1980-1983) for Cortland County and service as Attorney for the Town of Cortlandville (1983-1993) and the Cortland Housing Authority (1988-1993). He engaged in private practice with Ryan & Rumsey in Homer, New York (1976-1993) and served as Legislative Counsel for State Senator James L. Seward (1987-1993) and Counsel to the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture (1985-1986). Justice Rumsey was elected Supreme Court Justice in the Sixth Judicial District in 1993 and reelected in 2007. He is a member of the Committee on New York Pattern Jury Instructions – Civil (2008- present). Justice Rumsey was honorably discharged from service in the military police unit of the Army National Guard. Justice Rumsey retired in October 2019.

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