YONKERS, NY — August 27, 2018 — The Yonkers Police Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants Association is proud to endorse Judge Michael Martinelli for New York State Supreme Court Justice – 9th Judicial District (which includes Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, and Putnam Counties).
I have known Judge Martinelli for more than twenty years and can personally attest to his firmness, fairness, and professionalism while presiding over local criminal cases.
He can also be found at the forefront of drug and human trafficking initiatives, of which, he is a subject-matter expert. Judge Martinelli discharges all of his appointed duties with class and equanimity.
It is with great enthusiasm that the Yonkers Police Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants Association endorses Judge Michael Martinelli for New York State Supreme Court Justice. Judge Martinelli clearly understands the modern challenges faced by law enforcement. The Supreme Court needs judges who face these challenges head-on while remaining steadfast in their commitment to serve the community.
Detective Lieutenant Christopher L. Sapienza, President
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Yonkers Police Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants Association
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About Judge Mike Martinelli
Yonkers City Court Chief Administrative Judge Mike Martinelli is a candidate for the New York State Supreme Court in the 9th Judicial District, which encompasses Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland and Orange Counties.
Mike was born in Mount Vernon, NY, the eldest of six sons to former Yonkers Mayor Angelo and Carol Martinelli. He grew up in a nurturing Italian home, surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. No occasion or holiday was too small for celebration. He and his family moved to Yonkers when Mike was 10, and has lived there ever since.
He attended and graduated Mount St. Michael Academy, University of Notre Dame (BA) and St. John’s University School of Law (JD). He is married to the former Jeanne Vergari for the past 43 years, and together they are the proud parents of daughter Jeanette, and son and daughter-in-law, Mike, Jr. and Jeanna. They are the doting grandparents of Stefano, age 11, whose special needs have now taken them to new awareness of autism, Angelo, age 2, and are expecting a granddaughter in October.
Prior to taking the Bench in 1996, he enjoyed a 20-year career as a litigator specializing in commercial, real estate, criminal and zoning law. The Yonkers City Court is one of the busiest courts in the state, where he has presided over countless criminal and civil trials, jury and non-jury, as well as the “problem solving” Drug Court and Human Trafficking Part, all in a firm, fair, expeditious and courteous manner. In addition to judicial duties, since 2008, he is the administrative judge of the court supervising 6 other judges and a staff of over 50 clerks, stenographers and court attorneys. He also serves as an Acting Westchester County Court Judge.
Mike is involved with Professional and Community Organizations and is a member and past President of both the Yonkers Lawyers Association and Columbian Lawyers Association. He is the Vice President of the Community Planning Council of Yonkers and a long time Little League Coach in Yonkers. He is a parishioner of the Monastery Church of the Sacred Heart, Yonkers, NY, a member of John D. Calandra Lodge No. 2600, and a lifelong fan of the Yankees, all things Fighting Irish and good music.