YONKERS, NY — September 24, 2018 — Yonkers Chief Judge Michael Martinelli announced today that he has informed the leaders of the Republican, Conservative and Reform Parties, that he is no longer seeking the nomination of their respective parties for Supreme Court Justice in the ninth judicial district.
Judge Martinelli said that due to a confluence of personal events, a race for Supreme Court Justice at this time is simply outweighed by the needs of my immediate family members.
“As many of you may already know, my youngest brother Ralph continues to be hospitalized as the result of complications that developed after he underwent a procedure to correct A-Fib. We thought that by now, he would be further along in his recovery, but despite our hopes, his prognosis is up in the air. It would be unrealistic for us to believe that while he remains in a semi-conscious state, that my wife Jeanne and I could devote all the time and attention necessary to the Supreme Court race while still providing the attention that Ralph will need as he is about to be placed in long term rehab”
At the same time, my father Angelo Martinelli, former Mayor of Yonkers, is in a rehab facility recovering from knee replacement surgery with a very serious unanticipated problem involving renal failure. Angelo will also require our assistance in getting his strength back and resuming his normal routine.
Naturally, when I first announced my candidacy I could not foresee either of these medical events unfolding the way they have, and it has become crystal clear that the choice for Jeanne and I is to tend to our family’s affairs first and put my desire to serve as a Supreme Court Justice on hold for the time being.
Both Jeanne and I want to express our thanks to those of you who have lent your support to this effort both in time and financially and we hope you will understand that sometimes life gets in the way. Be assured that after we get through this trying period there will be other opportunities that present themselves and that we shall pursue them when the time comes.