Street Address: 824 The Parkway Mamaroneck
Race: Mamaroneck village Justice
More Mamaroneck village Justice candidates: Jennifer Bienstock Cohen |
Political and civic experience: Judge - Village of Mamaroneck
Family: Wife, Gretta, and two children, Dana and Peter
Residency: Village of MamaroneckIncumbent?: Yes
Education: JD degree - Fordham University School of Law and BA degree - Bucknell University English Literature major, cum laude
Occupation: Judge - Village of Mamaroneck and Attorney - admitted to practice in NY
Why are you running for office or seeking re-election?
What in your personal, civic or professional experience recommends your election or return to office?
Personal, Civic & Volunteer Activities:
- Village of Mamaroneck Judge: 2008 - present
- Practicing Attorney for more than 25 years
- Member - Westchester County Magistrates Association
- Member - Executive Board of Rye Neck PTSA
- Coach for many Mamaroneck boys and girls soccer, basketball and baseball teams
- Member - Board of Directors - Rye YMCA and YMCA Community Outreach Committee seeking opportunities to bring YMCA fitness and wellness programs to Mamaroneck
- Advocate & Representative - Mamaroneck Safe Routes to School Initiative
Court Improvement Grants:
I applied to the State of NY and received grants for the Village of Mamaroneck Court totaling $30,000. Grant funds were used for construction of new court clerks' office/business transaction window outside courtroom, replacement of courtroom seating and other improvements - at no cost to the Village.
What would be your top three priorities if you are elected or re-elected?
If re-elected Village Judge, my continuing priorities would be improving court efficiency, safety and record keeping.
I am committed to improving the experience of visitors to our courtroom and the efficiency of our Court. For example, I led the initiative to construct a new court clerks' office/business transaction window outside the courtroom. Court visitors can now obtain information and transact court business without having to walk upstairs to the main court office on the second floor. This improvement eases and speeds the process for visitors, particularly for the elderly or those with small children. Another efficiency impacts drivers with parking tickets wishing to appear in court. Recognizing a recent increase in the number of people with parking tickets visiting my court, I adjusted my court calendar to provide for reduced waiting times on court days. On the subject of safety, we recently installed a metal detector that scans all visitors to the courtroom and hired two dedicated court officers who are responsible for overseeing safety and order when Court is in session. Looking to the future, I am exploring grant and other funding sources to permit our court to become "paperless" by scanning and retaining many court records in digital format.