Hendry to be sworn in as Port Jervis City Court Judge - Daily Hudson Valley News

Hendry to be sworn in as Port Jervis City Court Judge

Dec 23rd, 2014 | By | Category: In Your Town

Friends to Elect James Hendry proudly announces that the race has finally been certified by the Orange County Board of Elections, and our candidate will be the next Port Jervis City Court Judge.  Hendry will be sworn in by outgoing Judge Victoria B. Campbell on December 31 at 1pm in City Council Chambers. The ceremony is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

The Election was slow to be determined as Hendry led by only 11 votes on election day with 286 absentee ballots uncounted. At the time the absentee ballots were opened, Hendry gained another 18 votes on his opponent of the 227 opened. There were 53 challenges made on the absentee ballots, primarily by the attorneys for Elisa Tutini and Karl Brebenec, the candidates for New York State Assembly.  “A court action was filed on that Assembly Race because it was so close”, says Hendry. “I had to wait for that action to unfold.”

On the opening day of the court action, the attorneys for Brebenec and Tutini agreed to open 21 of the challenged 53 absentee ballots in Port Jervis. Of the remaining 32 unopened ballots, Hendry needed only 3 for victory. Days later, the attorneys agreed to open several more ballots and Hendry gained the 3 required to make it mathematically impossible for his opponent to win. The Election was ultimately certified on December 15 with Hendry winning by 33 votes. Jim’s opponent conceded the race in a letter to Mayor Kelly Decker dated December 8th.

“I look forward to serving my Hometown in this new capacity as Judge” Hendry said, “I always give 100% of myself in all that I do, and I will expect the same of all those that come before me.  I want to again thank the voters of Port Jervis. My campaign team and I worked hard to meet and connect with the people in this community, and  I am honored by their support throughout my campaign and on Election Day.”

Hendry’s opponent was appointed as Acting City Court Judge by a vote of the Common Council on December 10th. “I look forward to working with Judge Witherow over the next 6 years as we both strive to make Port Jervis better and safer for our neighbors”, Hendry commented.

The Port Jervis City Court Judge, as well as the Acting Judge, serve a 6 year term and both positions are part time. Hendry will continue to operate his private law practice at 15 Jersey Avenue in Port Jervis in all respects.


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