WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Gerald Loehr is seeking election to the New York State Supreme Court in the 9th Judicial District.
Loehr is currently an elected Westchester County Court judge and acting state Supreme Court justice. He is one of seven candidates vying for three open seats in the 9th Judicial District, which consists of Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange and Dutchess counties.
The Daily Voice asked Loehr to fill out a questionnaire with some basic information. Answers were limited to 150 words. Below are his answers.
Name : Gerald E. Loehr
Age : 69
Family : Wife, Susan; children, Peter, Janine, Melissa, Jonathan, Cariana and Gerald; nine grandchildren.
Occupation : 1969 - 2004 practicing attorney, trials and appeals; elected Westchester County Court judge in 2004; appointed acting justice of the Supreme Court 2006 to present.
What town do you live in : Ardsley.
How long have you lived there : 28 years.
Party affiliation and ballot lines held : Democratic Party; endorsed by Democratic, Independence and Working Families parties.
Are you an incumbent? : Acting justice of the Supreme Court running for justice of the Supreme Court.
If so, years in office : Eight years as full-time judge in County and Supreme courts.
Other elected positions held or sought : Council member (two terms) and mayor of the City of Yonkers.
Civic organizations you belong to : Past chairman, Westchester County Solid Waste Commission; commissioner, Yonkers Civil Service Commission. Member: Justice Brandeis Law Society, Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, various legal and judicial organizations.
Educational background : Manhattan College - B.B.A. in economics and industrial relations; Fordham University School of Law - Doctor of Law.
What are the three biggest issues that concern you?
How would you address these issues?
What qualifies you to be a state Supreme Court justice?
My 44 years of experience representing clients as a practicing trial lawyer on civil and criminal cases in New York state and federal courts and as an appellate lawyer before our Appellate Division and the New York Court of Appeals combined with my broad experience in public service and as a full-time sitting judge has prepared me well to continue my service as a Supreme Court justice.
I have been interviewed and screened by the Governor’s Committee on Judicial Appointments, the New York State Independent Judicial Election Qualification Committee and the various bar associations in Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam and Orange counties and have been found to meet their highest qualification rating.
Why should people vote for you?
As set forth, no one is better qualified to serve them as a justice of their state Supreme Court.