NYS Legislature Approves Bill to Assist Peekskill in Appointing Judges

June 15, 2004

Last week Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (90th A.D.-Ossining) and Senator Vincent Leibell (40th S.D.-Brewster) passed a measure that aids the City of Peekskill in their search for a part-time city court judge. Their bill (A.11080a/S.7297a) broadens the residency requirements for city court applicants by allowing them to reside anywhere in Westchester County. Previously the law stated that a judge must live within the City of Peekskill to become a judge.

When asked about this bill Galef stated, "The City has been looking for a judge for over six months with no success. They felt if they could expand the applicant pool the position could be filled and the City’s courts could return to their normal staffing levels."

Peekskill currently employs one full-time judge; therefore filling an additional part-time position is vital to the City’s Court.

Leibell added, "I am very pleased that Assemblywoman Galef and I were successful in passing this legislation. Working closely with Mayor John Testa, the Common Council and the Corporation Counsel of the City made it happen. Cooperation between local and state government is essential in serving our constituency."

Once the bill is delivered to the Governor for his approval, the law would take effect immediately.