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ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE SCHEINKMAN: It is agenda which is the appointment of a new now our task to move to the second item on the Commissioner.

When Commissioner Tursi advised me of her intention to retire, I notified the County Executive and I notified Judge Zambelli, and with their approval we caused the job to be posted and information about this employment opportunity be publicly disseminated. And in

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the wake of that we received roughly 70 resumes. When they came in I collected them, and then I distributed them to the County Executive and to Judge Zambelli. And I have to say that it is a very, very impressive group of people and resumes. And I

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do, while I have had a chance to look at them and have some thoughts, Im not sure entirely whether -- what the County Executive and what Judge Zambelli have, and I would just like to take some time to have some candid discussions about that. So I am going to move that the three of us go into Executive Session for a period of time so we can have a candid discussion about a personnel item. JUDGE ZAMBELLI: I second that. I third it. Thank

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COUNTY EXECUTIVE ASTORINO:

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you.

So we have three votes, we will be back to

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you shortly. (Recess taken.) ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE SCHEINKMAN: the meeting back to order. The County Executive and Judge Zambelli and I have had the opportunity to have an in-depth .discussion of the leading candidates. We went through the resumes. And; remarkably, nd the I call

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our views I think on the resumes

submissions that we received, we were all very impressed with the quality of all of the candidates. But there is, in particular, one

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candidate who really stands out, and that is Susan Newman Loehr. Susan has been a long-time Court employee. She has worked in the Office of the Administrative Judge, starting with Judge Gagliardi, through Judge Ritter, through Judge Ingrassia, through Judge Nicolai, and to me. have had the great opportunity to work with Susan personally over the last year and a half and she, Susan serves as our principle person dealing with the myriad issues that come up in personnel management, and has dealt with those I

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matters with great respect for the employees, great respect for the Court system, and with a lot of dignity and a lot of attention to detail, and a great desire to make sure that everything is right. And those are qualities that we really expect and admire in any worker and we think. would be ideal in a position in dealing with the public and with judges and with staff in this position as Commissioner of Jurors. So it is my great privilege to propose to my other members that we name Susan Newman Loehr as the next Commissioner of Jurors. With a caveat. And the caveat is that

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while Susan may be relocating off the 11th Floor, that she not be a stranger to the 11th Floor. And just as I wear a number of

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hats as the Judge who presides in this courtroom in the Commercial Division, as well as serving as the Administrative Judge, that Susan, as I'm sure she will, will continue to help us and assist us and give us the benefit of her experience in the personnel management side. And that is going to be -- that's going t.o help us continue to do what all governments have to

WESTCHESTER COUNTY JURY BOARD 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 end. do, the State Government, the Court system, and I know that the County Executive is endeavoring to do within County government, which is to try to do as much, if not more, with less. And, so, Susan, that's the caveat, on my And I would invite the other members of

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the jury board to respond. JUDGE ZAMBELLI: this motion. I enthusiastically second

I have worked with Susan Newman

for years in the City Court and up here in County Court. And her advice and guidance has And I am

saved me on more than one occasion.

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thrilled to see her as our next Commissioner of Jurors. COUNTY EXECUTIVE ASTORINO: I prematurely

congratulate you, because we have not voted yet. You have a clearly impressive resume. I took I

the time to go through all .of the resumes. will make one correction. qualified.

Not all of them were

But you certainly were And I have asked many people

overqualified.

about you and have heard nothing but unbelievable comments.

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So, I will not second, because I think, Judge, you're going to second that one.

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Yes, if it is okay with

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you, I second it enthusiastically. ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE SCHEINKMAN: So the

motion is made and I would ask that we take a formal vote. Judge Zambelli? JUDGE ZAMBELLI:
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It is unanimous. Commissioner Tursi? COMMISSIONER TURSI: I think you made a I have known

wise decision, a wise choice.

Susan Newman for almost the 34 years that I have been in the system, and she will be an excellent Commissioner of Jurors and she will serve you well, I have no doubt. ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE SCHEINKMAN: would you like to say anything? COMMISSIONER NEWMAN: Yes, I would. I should Susan,

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ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE SCHEINKMAN: say Commissioner.

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I want to thank the

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Jury Board for their confidence in me, Judge Scheinkman, Judge Zambelli. just met. I have been in Human Resources, in civil service for 31 years. Not quite your 35. But I Mr. Astorino, we

have four more years to catch up to where Fran was, with her graciousness and wonderful

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administration in the Commissioner of Jurors. She is going to be a tough act to follow. doubt about it. I agree with Judge Scheinkman, there has never been a problem. all of the problems. And believe me, I hear Even before it is a No

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problem, they are calling to see if this could be a problem. So I think that my years in public service in Human Resources and employees and judges, now Im going to get to deal with the public. I

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have always felt like we were behind the scenes. And when Judge Zambelli came in and said let me meet these people that w rk up on the 11th Floor. So Im happy to come out from behind the scenes and welcome the public and work with the

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judges and lawyers.

And I really am very

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honored and proud to continue to expand my duties and to make a contribution to our system that I loye. And I have only one thing to disagree with you on. My staff is the best. And my bosses

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are all amazing. So I thank you so much. do both jobs. And I'm happy to

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It would have been like pulling So this

my heart out to leave Human Resources.

is a perfect way for everybody to acclimate and make the transition. transition. If there is ever a

But hopefully I will be able to

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juggle more balls. Thank you so much. ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE SCHEINKMAN: you. Congratulations, Commissioner. And since Thank

we have concluded the business at hand I would like to again thank the County Executive for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to devote his efforts to this activity, his review of the materials, his cooperation, and commend him for the amount of time that he has devoted to assisting us.

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I look forward to continuing to cooperate with the County Executive on a whole host of issues that we have in trying to address the needs of the people of Westchester County. thank you again, Mr. County Executive, for coming over. COUNTY EXECUTIVE ASTORINO: JUDGE ZAMBELLI: Thank you. And Thank you. And

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ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE SCHEINKMAN: also, of course, Judge Zambelli.

I know that

Judge Zambelli is an incredibly diligent and hard working Judge. JUDGE ZAMBELLI: leave this alone. ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE SCHEINKMAN: And I am Thank you, Judge. Please

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sure that there is probably,a group of jurors who are waiting for you, and that there is possibly somebody waiting. JUDGE ZAMBELLI: Actually Judge Molea. Well,

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Ill let Judge Molea know that you are with me. JUDGE ZAMBELLI: Youre the boss. But I

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want to thank you for reserving the time on your very busy schedule to participate in this

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process and for coming in and participating. Thank you very much, Judge Zambelli. JUDGE ZAMBELLI: Thank you, Judge. With

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that I move that we adjourn the meeting. COUNTY EXECUTIVE ASTORINO: Second. Thank.

ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE SCHEINKMAN: you very much.

The meeting is adjourned.

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY JURY BOARD I, Cynthia M. Hills, do hereby certify That the within proceedings are a true and accurate Transcript of the original stenographic record.

Cynthia M. Hills, RPR, CRR