Benedetto discussed his role as a family court referee and his focus on assuring good outcomes for children’s cases, but also promoting a community-minded culture “where we apply common sense to do what we know in our hearts is best for children.” Benedetto has worked in family court for more than 25 years. In 2009 he was appointed Family Court Referee and became responsible for hearing and determining cases without any oversight.
Carrie Penoyer, Oswego Rotary president, said: “Thom realizes that the family court system needs changing, and getting families across the county to participate is one place to start.”
Sue Witmer, Oswego Rotary past president, said: ”Thom was a breath of fresh air; believing in communicating face-to-face, rather than texting or tweeting one another.”
Benedetto, an Oswego County lawyer, has over 33 years of involvement in the court system and has a broad and diverse legal background. Currently, he is a full-time Family Court Referee hearing cases involving domestic violence, custody/visitation disputes, and issues of alleged child neglect/abuse. Thom is a family man ( married with five children and four grandchildren) and has old fashion beliefs - interaction within the family, organizations and communities as well as verbal communication with each other versus texting and tweeting.
Benedetto and his wife and active volunteers on the Oswego County Search and Rescue Team and are both K9 handlers and trainers for Search and Rescue dogs. Additionally, he's been involved with the APW school board, Little League, Relay for Life, the Amboy Planning Board, the APW Educational Foundation and the Oswego County Mock Trial program. Thom is a lifelong sportsman, avid hiker, amateur photographer, is a member of the Oswego County ATV club and is involved with the Square Valley Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club.