WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- After 14 years as Westchester County surrogate, Judge Anthony A. Scarpino Jr., a Mount Vernon native, has announced that he is stepping down from the bench effective Saturday, Jan. 31.
Scarpino, who began his judicial career in 1984 at age 32 when he was appointed associate City Court judge in his hometown of Mount Vernon, said that upon leaving the bench he will enter private practice in a senior-level position at a regional law firm.
Scarpino has extensive judicial experience at the municipal, county, regional and state levels. A year after being appointed a judge in Mount Vernon, in 1985 he became the youngest person ever elected a Mount Vernon city judge, running on the Democratic, Republican and Conservative lines. In 1986, he became senior city judge, presiding over one of the busiest city courts in Westchester County.
In 1988, running as a Democrat, Scarpino was elected a Westchester County Court judge, at 37, at the time the youngest County Court judge in Westchester history.
In November 2000, Judge Scarpino was elected Westchester County surrogate and was re-elected in 2010. In this capacity, he is the sole judge for estate cases in Westchester County. In addition to his responsibilities as surrogate, in 2006 he was appointed supervising judge of the matrimonial part for Westchester County, and in 2010 he was appointed supervising judge for Article 81 guardianship proceedings for the 9th District.
An adjunct professor at Pace University Law School, Scarpino teaches in Iona College’s criminal justice department, as well as at Mercy College and Westchester Community College. He serves as co-chair of the 9th Judicial District’s pro bono committee and is a member of the Pace University Law School board of visitors and the office of court administration Article 81 guardianship committee.
He has been recognized by many organizations, including the Westchester County Bar Association, the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, the Columbian Lawyers Association and Iona College for his achievements, his service to the legal community and his pro bono service.
Scarpino plans begin the next chapter in his long career in the first quarter of next year.
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