Richard Sklarin and John Pappalardo

John Pappalardo, left, and Richard Sklarin have received endorsements of the Lewisboro Democratic Committee for town justice and Lewisboro Town Board member, respectively.

The Lewisboro Democratic Committee announced that Richard Sklarin will be the party’s candidate for Lewisboro Town Board and endorsed incumbent John Pappalardo for town justice. These two races will be on the Nov. 3 ballot in Lewisboro.

Mr. Sklarin has been a member of the Lewisboro Planning Board since 2018 and is completing his second four-year term on the Lewisboro Library Board of Trustees. In addition, he was a past member of Lewisboro’s Open Space Advisory Committee and the Housing Committee. He also has been president of The Glen at Lewisboro Homeowners Association in Goldens Bridge since the late 1990s.

“Rich Sklarin’s longstanding and broad-based community involvement will make him an exceptionally valuable addition to our already strong town board,” Lewisboro Democratic Committee Chair Joan Becker said.

Mr. Sklarin graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and received his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. He has practiced law for almost 30 years and has litigated in New York state and federal courts on municipal liability, civil rights, employment and many other matters.

Town Supervisor Peter Parsons expressed enthusiasm on Mr. Sklarin’s candidacy, saying he would bring fresh ideas to help the town grow in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. Sklarin said, “I promise to work tirelessly to make sure that we come back even stronger, restoring Lewisboro’s economic stability and being part of the team that makes our town an even more welcoming, diverse and vibrant home.”

Ms. Becker added that Mr. Sklarin has been endorsed by the Independence Party for the town board position, which she maintained would give his candidacy broad appeal to Lewisboro residents.  

Mr. Sklarin is running for the town board seat Mr. Pappalardo vacated in January after taking over as interim town justice. At the time, Vista resident Jennifer Castelhano was appointed by the board to fill the seat as an interim council member to serve through December.

When Marc Seedorf vacated the town justice position and announced his resignation in early April, Mr. Pappalardo was a council member at the time and was unanimously chosen by the town board to fill the position of interim town justice through 2020. Mr. Pappalardo is running to be officially elected to the four-year position in the November election.

Shortly after the town board appointed Mr. Pappalardo as town justice, the Lewisboro Democratic Committee endorsed him as the party’s candidate for that position. The Independence Party and the Working Families Party also have endorsed him.

“John’s legal experience, integrity, fairness and dedication to our community combine to make him an outstanding town justice for Lewisboro, and we urge all Lewisboro voters to keep him on the bench,” Mr. Parsons said.

Mr. Pappalardo has lived in Lewisboro for 28 years and served as a town board member for nine years, first as a Republican and then as a Democrat. He was also a past president of the Lewisboro Lions Club and the founder of the organization’s Leos youth service group.

Mr. Pappalardo is a member of the American Bar Association, New York and Westchester Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court. He has 34 years of experience as a trial attorney, arbitrator and mediator. He is recognized as a leading matrimonial lawyer. In addition to family law, Mr. Pappalardo has arbitrated and mediated issues involving construction, franchise, commercial real estate valuation, insurance, contractor and homeowner disputes, tax and civil claims. He currently also works as an adjunct professor at the Pace University School of Law.

“I am humbled and excited for this opportunity to continue to serve Lewisboro as town justice,” Mr. Pappalardo said. “Understanding the nuances of cases, resolving conflict, protecting the rights of all through our court system — those close to me, especially my three sons, know that this is why I have long aspired to be a judge.”

Jessica Leibman is a staff reporter at The Record-Review where she covers the Town of Lewisboro the Katonah-Lewisboro School District.

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