A Mount Vernon lawyer backed by Republicans to be a Westchester County Court judge this fall secured the Conservative Party line over his Democratic challenger in yesterday’s primary race.
Douglas Martino won the minority line by a nearly 3-1 ratio over Barry Warhit, a Greenburgh lawyer who was appointed to the bench several months ago. The vote was 833 to 303, according to unofficial vote tallies.
They will face off in the Nov. 2 election. Warhit will carry the Independence and Working Families party lines as well as the Democratic line.
County Court judges preside over felony criminal cases.
In the other countywide judicial race, eight candidates are vying for four open seats on the bench in Family Court, which handles child custody, visitation and neglect cases as well as juvenile delinquency issues.
Incumbents David Klein of Mamaroneck and Nilda Morales Horowitz of White Plains are running for a second term. Both are endorsed by the Democratic and Working Families parties.
The other Democratic candidates for Family Court are Family Court attorney referee Michelle Schauer of Ossining and Hal Greenwald, a Yonkers lawyer who specializes in Family Court cases. They will appear on the Working Families party line as well.
Republicans endorsed Patricia O’Callahan, a former deputy county attorney and Bill Edwards, an acting Family Court judge in White Plains. Former Yonkers City Court Judge Edward P. Borrelli and candidate Mary Clark replaced Sharon Bell Adamo of Pound Ridge and Guy T. Parisi of Rye as Republican candidates.
Edwards and Clark will appear on the Independence line, while Greenwald and Borrelli will appear on the Conservative line. Horowitz and O’Callahan will carry both the Conservative and Independence lines.
Both Democrats and Republicans endorsed incumbent Surrogate Court Judge Anthony Scarpino for another term. Surrogate Court judges handle wills and estates and decide disputed claims among family members.
Judges for County, Family and Surrogate courts serve 10-year terms and receive $136,700 a year.