Robert Kesten for New York State Senator
Robert Kesten is our Democratic Candidate for NYS Senate District 40, which includes all of Yorktown, and other towns in Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties. He is a first-time candidate who comes to this with professional experience working in government and politics at the local, state, and national levels. This includes working for the former NYS Senate Minority Leader.
Robert has worked as an educator in the New York City schools and at the University of Connecticut and has experience running nonprofit organizations here in the United States and overseas.
The reason he has taken on this challenge is his commitment to healthcare reform and the adoption of a single payer/universal healthcare system for New Yorkers. He understands what it is like to have no insurance or be underinsured, and the reality that most of us are one illness or accident away from losing everything we have.
Robert believes that economic stability, reform of the tax code, and less reliance on property taxes to fund our schools would make a big difference in our quality of life and lessen the negative impact of federal tax laws on residents in New York.
Robert supports the SAFE Act and will work nonstop to see it enhanced, as common-sense gun laws save lives. He is a strong supporter of voting reform and women's health legislation, all of which are sitting in a State Senate with no intention of taking action.
Robert lives in Lewisboro and is a lifelong Westchester resident, Democratic district leader, and community activist. You can find more information at http://electkesten.com/.
Vedat Gashi for New York State Assembly District 94
Vedat’s commitment to public service came from his family’s experience as political activists and refugees, opportunities he had working with inspiring leaders, and his experience helping to create a country out of the ashes of war.
Vedat was born in Kosovo (formerly Yugoslavia) in April of 1978. At the age of 4, he and his family fled the oppressive, socialist regime to the United States. Vedat first moved to the Bronx and later put down permanent roots in Yorktown. Vedat is one of five children, four of whom still reside in Yorktown where they are raising their families.
After graduating from Lakeland High School, Vedat went on to pursue a B.A. from Connecticut College, where he was invited to serve on the Board of Trustees as a Young Alumni Trustee. Next, Vedat earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University. During his studies, Vedat interned with two of his heroes, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, then at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and Congressman Lee Hamilton on the House International Relations Committee.
Upon passing the New York Bar, Vedat was called to service in Kosovo to join the US/EU effort to help establish the newly formed state of Kosovo – first through a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and later through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations. While in Kosovo, Vedat’s hard work lead to remarkable accomplishments, including drafting some of Kosovo’s foundational legal documents and establishing Kosovo’s Ministry of Local Government Administration. Vedat was later nominated by the United Nations to serve as the Chief Legal Advisor to Kosovo’s Prime Minister. Shortly after Kosovo declared independence, Vedat returned to his home in the United States.
Vedat’s experiences abroad made him appreciate the value of the strong democratic foundation in the United States. Upon returning home to Yorktown, Vedat followed in the footsteps of his family’s small business success in real estate by opening up his own small business, in the form of a real estate legal practice, in Yorktown Heights and in the Bronx.
Currently, Vedat lives and works in his hometown of Yorktown, with his wife, Vjosa, and their children, Leka (6) and Hana (4), who also attend Yorktown public schools. Upon his return, Vedat has joined the Rotary Club of Yorktown, has been active in his kids’ school, sports, and scouting. Vedat is an active member of the Yorktown Democratic Party where he serves as a Democratic District Leader.
Robert S. Ondrovic for Supreme Court Judge – Ninth Judicial District
I have been a District Leader in Somers and was a 2017 candidate for the Somers Town Board. I am a Partner in the White Plains law firm of Boeggeman, Corde, Ondrovic & Hurley, P.C. focusing primarily on general and professional liability defense.
I graduated Fordham University with B.A. in Political Science/History in 1982 and Fordham Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1985 where I was the Managing Editor of the Fordham Urban Law Journal. As a trial attorney, I have more than 300 jury trials and 200 verdicts in 33 years of practice. I am rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent 5.0/5.0. I have been selected as a New York Super Lawyer 2011, 2013-17. I am a court-appointed Arbitrator under Part 137 for attorney/client fee disputes. I also lecture on Trial Practice in Continuing Legal Education courses.
Although practicing primarily in the 9th Judicial District, I have tried cases and appeared in courts in 25 counties in the State of New York. I have authored and/or argued over 1000 motions as well as more than 100 appeals. My extensive background in civil trial practice enables me to be ready to proceed on the bench on Day One.
Barry E. Warhit for Supreme Court Judge
I am a candidate for New York State Supreme Court. I am a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and Duke University School of Law. Early in my career I was an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office. I later opened a law practice focused on criminal defense. I have been a Westchester County Court judge since 2010 and an Acting Supreme Court Justice since 2013.
I was appointed in 2015 as the Supervising Judge of the Superior Criminal Courts of the 9th Judicial District. I have dedicated my entire professional life to the pursuit of justice, both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, and have always advocated in favor of a fair and impartial judicial system that serves all people. I ask for your support as I seek to become a Justice of the Supreme Court so that I may continue my work.
David F. Everett for Supreme Court Judge – Ninth Judicial District
For the past two years I have served as an Acting Supreme Court Justice in Westchester County, in a Supreme Court trial part where I preside over a full array of civil trials and motions. I am, in fact, seeking election to the job I am already doing.
My previous public service includes more than 12 years as an Assistant District Attorney in both Kings and Queens counties. While serving in the Homicide Trials Bureau of the Queens D.A.’s Office, I tried 20 murder trials to verdict in a 13-month period. As an A.D.A., I also personally conducted investigations which led to the exoneration of several individuals who had been wrongly accused of serious crimes.
My military career of more than 30 years as an officer in the Army Reserve included three combat zone deployments – Persian Gulf in 1991, Iraq in 2005-2006, and Afghanistan in 2009. If elected I would be the only veteran serving as a Supreme Court Justice in the 9th Judicial District.
I believe a courtroom should be run so that all parties are treated fairly, and with dignity and respect. I hope I will have your support as I seek the nomination for Supreme Court Justice.
William J. Giacomo for Supreme Court – Ninth Judicial District
For the last fourteen years as a supreme court Justice and for nearly seven years as a village court Judge in Port Chester and as an administrative judge for the County of Westchester, I have worked diligently to administer justice fairly and swiftly while maintaining the utmost integrity.
I practiced law for 25 years prior to ascending to the bench and have always understood and respected the demands upon practicing attorneys and the needs of litigants. During my time on the supreme court i have worked to balance those needs.
Throughout my first term as a supreme court justice I’ve never stopped learning whether from presiding over hundreds of trials and dealing with a diverse area of attorneys or by reviewing hundreds of motion papers and memorandums of law.
I learned early on that as a judge you generally cannot please both sides. However, what you can do is to make sure that both sides are treated with dignity and respect and have a fair opportunity to be heard and their arguments considered. I continue to work hard each day to make sure everyone who appears in my court receives a fair hearing. I will never stop learning and always strive to improve upon a previous day’s work.
Not for one day have I taken the honor of serving as a justice of the supreme court for granted. When elected in 2004 I was grateful for the privilege to serve on the bench. I continue to be grateful for that privilege. I believe that with your support for my re-election I will continue to have an opportunity to ensure equal rights for all and a swift resolution of all legal disputes.
Hal B. Greenwald for Supreme Court
Judge Greenwald is a compassionate, just, accomplished and experienced Judge, who’s impressive legal career spans over 25 years.
A 40-year resident of Westchester County, Judge Greenwald is a child of the 60s and has always been inspired by the activism and spirit of that era. It was this cultural movement that motivated him to pursue a degree in law, at Pace University.
In all aspects of his legal career, Judge Greenwald has sought to help people. From his early days as a legal associate, to his 18+ years as a sole practitioner, the notion of helping others is what drove him further, and to ultimately pursue a judgeship.
In 2011 Judge Greenwald was elected as NYS Family Court judge, garnering over 120,000+ votes. In his 7 years as a Family Court Judge, he has presided over 15,000+ dockets and determined hundreds of proceedings concerning abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, child custody and visitation, and domestic violence. He has compiled written decisions and decided Orders to Show Cause, Motions & Writs. He has helped literally thousands of people.
Helping people is what Judge Greenwald has done, what he loves doing, and what he hopes to do for many years to come, hopefully as a NYS Supreme Court Justice.
Joan B. Lefkowitz for Supreme Court Judge - Ninth Judicial District
Judge Lefkowitz has been a resident of Westchester since early childhood. She attended New Rochelle public schools. Judge Lefkowitz graduated from New York University in 1970 and Brooklyn Law School in 1973.
She worked as a sole practitioner for ten years in the areas of family law, criminal law and real estate and served as Hearing Examiner in the Westchester Family Court (1985 – 1987) before becoming a judge.
Judge Lefkowitz has had a distinguished three-decade career as a jurist. She was appointed a Family Court Judge by Governor Mario Cuomo in 1987 and elected the following year. In 1990, she was elected a Supreme Court Justice for the Ninth Judicial District. In 2004, she was re-elected.
She has held various leadership roles for the State court system and currently serves as Chair of the Supreme Court Library board and on the Subcommittee on Matrimonial Law on Gender Fairness for the 9th J.D.
Judge Lefkowitz has been a member and on the Board of Directors of numerous professional associations. She has also been involved with many civic and community activities during her career and served on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League and many other organizations that work for fairness and equality.