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Ballot is set for Westchester County, Family Court judicial races

Posted by: Rebecca Baker - Posted in Uncategorized on Sep 15, 2010

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.



5 Responses to “Ballot is set for Westchester County, Family Court judicial races”

  1. Disorder in the Court

    Regarding Judge Nilda Morales Horowitz, the Commission on Judicial Conduct wrote: We emphasize that the misconduct here is extremely serious and cannot be tolerated. Every judge is obliged to learn and abide by the ethical rules. If parties in court proceedings are to have faith in the decisions of judges, they must have assurance that ex parte communications of the kind respondent initiated will be condemned by strong measures.

    By reason of the foregoing, the Commission determines that the appropriate disposition is censure.

    Judge Ciardullo, Mr. Coffey, Ms. DiPirro, Mr. Emery, Mr. Felder, Ms. Hernandez, Judge Luciano, Judge Peters, Mr. Pope and Judge Ruderman concur. Mr. Goldman dissents only as to sanction and votes that the appropriate disposition is removal.

    Dated: March 25, 2005

  2. Ashamed to be a Democrat

    .........and the Commission on Judicial Conduct wrote this about Nilda Morales Horowitz:

    Later, when respondent’s supervising judge commented that because of respondent’s intervention the case had been transferred out of the county, respondent replied, “That’s ridiculous” and said, “Everybody does it.” Respondent has explained that her comment, “That’s ridiculous” meant that there were other reasons why the case had been transferred, and that “Everybody does it” meant only that judges often speak about their cases to other judges. Obviously, there is a significant difference between casual discussion of pending cases and communications that convey, implicitly or explicitly, a request for special treatment. Regardless of what respondent claims she meant, her comments reflect a lack of sensitivity to judicial ethics.

    ..and they nominated her again?! Incredible!

  3. dc

    As the supervising deputy in theFamily Court bureau of Westchester County under the Spano administration Horowitz was lazy rude and incompotent. Her work ethic was in the office no earlier than 10 Am & leave at 4. Vote for Mickey Mouse before you vote for this nut job. Her initials NHM are appropriate Nails Hair & Makeup.

  4. kevin anthony

    How does hiring of an undocumented alien significantly affect the reelection of Judge David Klein to the Family Court?

    It is not to be debated that Judge David Klein has a soft heart when a particular issue goes down to her own mother, Mary Klein, who is old and ailing and needs a 24/7 home care. Judge Klein was so desperate of a home care service that in April instead of calling a bonded and licensed home care agency, he called a friend of a friend and end up hiring an undocumented alien, for her mother.
    When the issue of hiring an undocumented alien by a public official like Judge Klein is amplified over the airlanes and watched over the flat screen tv it heightens ones curiosity whether or not an important public figure like Judge Klein is exempt from scrutiny?

  5. Mike

    please do not vote for this guy. He put my daughter into Children’s Village based on circumstantial evidence from a now ex-wife with no children and a grudge from a divorce hearing (Joe Miano counsel). He wants to project a tough guy facade but in fact is an idiot, as proved by putting a decent kid (now running a B+ average at college) into incarceration. I see no reason to pay him from public funds.