In April, NY Governor David Paterson appointed Acting Village Justice of Tarrytown Barry Warhit to an interim appointment as Westchester County Court. The vacancy was created by the elevation of Judge Jeffrey Cohen, who was elected to the NY State Supreme Court in November 2009.
Warhit was subsequently confirmed by the NY State Senate, and took the bench in mid-May. His appointment runs through December 31, 2010. He is now running to remain on the bench on the Democratic, Conservative and Independence Party lines. He will be running for a full 10-year term.
The 54-year-old Scarsdale resident graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. He earned his LLD from the Duke University School of Law in 1981. He was an associate in the New York City law firm of Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen from 1981-82.
Warhit served as the Assistant US Attorney in Manhattan from 1982 - 85. From there, he went on as an associate in the law firm of Lester, Schwab, Katz and Dyer, from 1986 - 89, also in New York City. From 1990-94, he worked for a family owned business the Devonshire Tire Company. Since 1994, Judge Warhit has been in private practice in White Plains.
Up until his recent appointment to the County Court, Warhit served, as we mentioned earlier, as Acting Village Justice for Tarrytown, a post he held from 2006. Additionally, Judge Warhit also served as Acting Judge of the City Courts of Mount Vernon and New Rochelle, Acting Village and Town Justice of Sleepy Hollow, Ardsley and the Town of Ossining.
At the time of his appointment to the County Court, Tarrytown Village Justice Kyle C. McGovern said, "Barry Warhit is an outstanding judge and will be an outstanding Westchester County Court Judge. They are lucky to have him appointed."
We had the opportunity to speak with Judge Warhit recently. We asked him what his vision was for the Westchester County Court. Judge Warhit said, "A fair and balanced administration of justice."
Embarking on a campaign, on any level, is a herculean task, we asked Judge Warhit about his thoughts as he starts his campaign to retain his seat. "I feel excited, energized and I am looking forward to bringing my message out to the public."
Judge Warhit has been married for the past 23 years to Dr. Ellen Teplitz, a Dermatologist and Internal Medicine physician at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Dr. Teplitz also has a private practice, Southern Westchester Dermatology, in Tuckahoe. The couple has two children. Their daughter, Margot, a Scarsdale High graduate, is attending Tufts University, while their son, Benjamin, a Solomon Schechter School of Westchester graduate, is currently a student at the Film School at Syracuse University.
Judge Warhit has been very involved in the community for many years, and is an active member of the Justice Brandeis Westchester Law Society.
In November, he will face Douglas Martino, 52, a former Westchester County Assistant District Attorney, and past president of the Mount Vernon Bar Association. Mr. Martino serves on the Town of North Castle Republican Committee.