To the Editor,
Mar. 11, 2020: To All Village Residents,
In the upcoming Village Election, we have a very spirited race for Village Justice on March 18th. We commend both candidates for throwing their hats in the ring to serve our Village.
We are in a unique time in our Justice Court tenure, which necessitates the steady and seasoned guidance of Justice George Mayer. George has given 16 years of exemplary service to the Village and wishes for continuity purposes to serve one more term.
Just two years ago, Senior Justice George McKinnis retired after 24 years as our guiding force and Judicial leader. He passed the baton to Village resident, Judge William Primps, who has served with distinction by all measures for the past two years.
What we have personally observed over a collective 30 years at Village Hall, no matter how varied and lauded one’s career is in law, being a local Judge is a unique and highly individualized position requiring on the job training and a rather extensive learning curve.
George’s 16 years of measured, truly outstanding judgment on the Village bench, handling every kind of case imaginable, has served the Village with distinction. He is a steady hand and extraordinary teacher for fellow Justices, Village Court Clerks, and Court staff who all benefit from his guidance.
Judge Mayer has drawn on his vast experience to write, “Introduction to Town and Village Courts,” a definitive guide for all fellow Justices, and has also served as their leader as President of the Westchester County Magistrates Association.
If Judge Mayer’s challenger is elected, we would have a combined two years of Village Judicial experience going forward, not at all optimal, especially given the myriad of wide-ranging Judicial reforms that were enacted during the 2019 state Legislative session.
Timing can be extremely important, and at this juncture, Justice Mayer’s knowledge of the community, having lived and volunteered in so many capacities for 42 years in the Village and most importantly his Judicial reservoir of experience, is what the Village needs in 2020.
The two of us, thanks to all of you, have been extremely fortunate to have had a bird’s eye view of our Court workings, and with that knowledge base endorse the re-election of Justice Mayer.
Mayor Mary Marvin • Mayor Nancy Hand
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