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BELMONT -- Warren M. Emerson, who has been law clerk and court attorney for four Allegany County judges, will retain the job with Thomas Brown, when he's sworn in in January.

Brown won a Republican primary in September, beating Judge Judith E. Samber for the nomination to run for judge.

No other candidate is running for the post.

Emerson said he accepted Brown's offer to continue as clerk and court attorney Friday.

Emerson is a graduate of Wyoming Central School, Hamilton College and the University at Buffalo Law School.

He's a former first assistant Allegany County district attorney -- the post Brown now holds.

Emerson had been a candidate for the nomination to replace Judge Wayne A. Feeman Jr. of Wellsville, who retired in the spring; District Attorney Terrence M. Parker was also in the race for the county Republican Committee's backing for the post.

The committee nominated Samber instead, and Gov. George E. Pataki appointed her to serve in the interim until a new judge is elected and sworn in.

Emerson has served as court attorney for Judges Peter R. Sprague, Feeman, James E. Euken and Samber.

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