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Public Defender

Public Defender's Office

Public Defender

Peter F. Finnerty

Asst. Public Defenders - Criminal Division
Michael L. Arcesi
Christopher J. Ferratella
Louise Herzl-Betz
John E. Schwenkler
Mackenzie Stutzman

Asst. Public Defenders - Family Law Division
Christopher G. Quinlan
Marisa E. Daugherty

Michael J. Canali
Jim A. Kain

Administrative Assistant
Johannah Troccia

Confidential Secretary
Julie Gooshaw

Lisa Walrath

163 Lake Street
PO Box 588
Elmira, NY 14901

Phone: (607) 737-2969
Fax: (607) 737-2853

Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 4:30PM

If a court has assigned the Public Defender to represent you, please contact the office as soon as possible to schedule a conference with the appropriate attorney: 


            Ashland / Wellsburg Village Court
            Baldwin Town Court
            Big Flats Town Court
            Catlin Town Court
            Chemung Town Court
            Elmira City Court
            Elmira Heights Village Court
            Elmira Town Court
            Erin Town Court
            Horseheads Town Court
            Horseheads Village Court
            Southport Town Court
            Van Etten Town Court
            Veteran Town Court

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Chemung County

"It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to, the virtual entrance to various programs and services available through Chemung County government. This site was designed to provide you with “user-friendly” access to a variety of links to different offices and organizations that are involved with tourism, economic and community development, transportation, health and social services.Thank you for visiting!"

Chemung County
203 Lake Street
Elmira, NY 14901

County Executive Christopher Moss