Bruce Blatchly grew up in New Paltz, graduated from New Paltz High School in 1968 and SUNY New Paltz in 1972. He attended Albany Law School, graduating with a J.D. Degree in 1976 and opened his own law office in New Paltz in 1977. Bruce has maintained a general law practice for 42 years, the last 27 of which have been in partnership with fellow Gardiner resident Jon Simonson.
Bruce previously served on the Gardiner Town Board before becoming Town Justice, and has been one of the two Gardiner Town Judges for 25 years. Bruce and his wife live in Gardiner and have four adult children and three grandchildren.