Jon E. Budelmann Biography

Mr. Budelmann was elected Cayuga County District Attorney in 2007 and again in 2011. He has served as Cayuga County’s District Attorney since January 2008. Prior to that Jon was the Chief Assistant District Attorney for over 12 years. DA Budelmann has been a prosecutor since January 1993 and has prosecuted a variety of cases covering every facet of the criminal law.

As District Attorney he is responsible for all criminal prosecutions in Cayuga County. In addition, he is responsible for the administration of the office, oversight of the budget, and staff, including the seven Assistant District Attorneys and two investigators. Mr. Budelmann appears before both County level Judges every week, as well as appellate courts. His responsibilities also include grand jury presentment of felony cases, post-conviction motions, and the trial of high-profile criminal cases.

Jon feels strongly that it is his responsibility as a prosecutor to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and to defend those who are defenseless. Mr. Budelmann strives to hold those who commit offenses accountable for their actions and minimize the trauma for victims and survivors.

Jon has been a member of the Cayuga County Child Advocacy Center’s Multi-Disciplinary Team (formerly the Sexual Abuse Task Force Committee) and the Domestic Violence Coalition for many years because of his concern for women and children. He has participated in numerous in-service trainings for police, magistrates, nurses, and educators. He has also presented at numerous trainings with his fellow prosecutors, as well as mock trials for corrections trainees, sexual assault examiners and trial preparation for police officers. His Office also welcomes many student interns who wish to experience the criminal justice system first hand.

One of Jon’s strong points is communication and it has been invaluable throughout his career as a prosecutor. Jon has worked hard to build relationships with the various other criminal justice agencies, the Courts and Corrections in order to combat crime with the utmost efficiency. Every day Jon strives to deliver the highest quality service to the People of his community. Jon is always approachable and accessible whenever his assistance is needed.

Jon started as an Assistant District Attorney in January 1993 in the Madison County District Attorney’s Office and came to the Cayuga County DA's Office in 1995. He progressed rapidly over his first three years prosecuting. In October 1995 Jon was promoted to Chief Assistant District Attorney. Mr. Budelmann has worked to innovate the prosecution of all offenses, including child sexual abuse cases. In 1996 he brought live, two-way closed circuit video testimony to Cayuga County for the first time. Jon also wrote a grant that year to bring a Violence Against Women Act Prosecutor to this County.

In addition to his legal work, Jon has served as an Adjunct Professor at Cayuga Community College since 1998. Professor Budelmann teaches a course on the Laws of Evidence for the Criminal Justice Curriculum. Mr. Budelmann has lectured extensively on various aspects of the Criminal Justice System for numerous organizations, groups, trainings and public forums across the state. He has spoken on such diverse topics as timber theft, mandated reporting, and methamphetamine prosecution. Jon was recognized by the United States Department of Justice in 1997 for his work on behalf of victims of crime.

Mr. Budelmann was the first McCarthy Scholar and a 1985 graduate of Manlius Pebble Hill School in DeWitt, New York. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1989 and from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1992. Mr. Budelmann began working in the Madison County District Attorney's Office in January 1993 and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office in January 1995. Jon was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1992 and the New York State Bar in January 1993.

Mr. Budelmann grew up in Pompey, New York and spent his summers on Cross Lake in Cato, New York. Jon has lived in the area his entire life except while attending college and law school. Jon has lived in Auburn since 1995 with his wife Michelle and their two children, Katherine and Jack. His parents are Bruce and Barbara Budelmann, who moved to Sennett in 1997. His brother Kurt is an Internist in South Carolina.

Jon Budelmann is active in our community, having served on various not for profit boards, including: the United Way of Cayuga County, Neighborhood House of Auburn, New York, the Cayuga County Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Owasco Camp Association Boards. Jon enjoys spending his free time with his family.

Having served in Cayuga County's District Attorney's Office for over 20 years, Mr. Budelmann is finishing his second four-year term as District Attorney of Cayuga County. The jurisdiction of this office includes the City of Auburn and all of Cayuga County with a total population of just over 80,000 people. Jon appreciates your support and continued trust in him.

of Auburn and all of Cayuga County with a total population of just over 80,000 people. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2011 and Jon would appreciate your vote and your continued trust in him.Bio

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