Westchester Bar ranks judges in ’10 election

It’s the list we’ve been waiting for … the Westchester County Bar  Association has released their ranking of judicial candidates seeking office this November.

For the New York State Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District

Found well qualified:
Hon. Linda Christopher
Hon. Colleen Duffy
Hon. Lawrence H. Ecker
Hon. Gerald M. Klein
Hon. J. Emmett Murphy

Found qualified:
Hon. Matthew J. Byrne
Hon. James Maisano

For Surrogate’s Court, Westchester County

Found well qualified:
Hon. Anthony Scarpino, Jr

For the Westchester County Court

Found well qualified:
Hon. Barry E. Warhit

Found qualified:
Douglas J. Martino

For Family Court, Westchester County

Found well qualified:
Edward P. Borelli
Hon. David Klein
Michelle I. Schauer

Found qualified:
Patricia A. O’Callaghan

Meets minimum requirements:
Hal B. Greenwald
Hon. Nilda Morales Horowitz

Found not qualified, failure to appear:
Hon. William Edwards

For the Yonkers City Court:

Found well qualified:
Hon. Robert C. Cerrato
Hon. Thomas R. Daly
Hon. Theodora K. Wood

Found qualified:
Hon. Evan Inlaw
Hon. Richard F. Sweeney

An explanation of the rankings:
Well Qualified signifies that a candidate has extraordinary qualifications for the judicial bench being sought.
Qualified signifies that the candidate has the character, temperament, professional aptitude and experience which are requisites for the judicial bench that he/she is seeking.
Meets Minimum Requirements signifies that a candidate has no significant negative impediment but lacks some important qualification for the judicial bench that is being sought.
Not Qualified signifies that a candidate has some characteristic which would indicate that the person is a poor choice for the judicial bench he/she is seeking.
Any candidate who fails to appear will be rated Not Qualified by Failure to Appear, or, where appropriate, Not Qualified.  No candidate may withdraw from the interview process or decline a rating.

Ballot is set for Westchester County, Family Court judicial races

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.