Warhit takes the bench, with a prosecutor’s help

It’s official: Greenburgh defense lawyer Barry Warhit is a judge. And his chief law clerk will be a seasoned Westchester prosecutor.

Melissa Benjamin is leaving the District Attorney’s office after four years to work for Warhit, helping him research the law and write decisions. Benjamin, a mother of two, has been the lead prosecutor for child abuse cases and was a county attorney for nine years before joining the DA’s office in 2006.

They will start their new jobs today in Yonkers Family Court and eventually will return to the Westchester County Courthouse, where they’re expected to take the third-floor courtroom now occupied by acting State Supreme Court Justice William Wetzel, who is retiring.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.