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Honorable Anthony A. Scarpino Jr.
Justice, Surrogate's Court, New York State 9th Judicial District-Westchester County
BA, University of Connecticut
JD, Syracuse University College of Law
The Honorable Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. Born and raised in Mount Vernon, Judge Scarpino attended Mount Vernon High School and graduated with High Honors from the University of Connecticut. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Syracuse University College of Law where he was selected the Dean's Outstanding Student, was President of the Law Student Senate, and was elected to Who's Who among students in American Universities and Colleges.
After law school, Judge Scarpino served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel forthe City of Mount Vernon. He left local government in 1977 to become a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) During his tenure with the FBI, he worked on numerous civil rights violations, bank robbery, kidnapping, and extortion cases. In a celebrated case documented by C.B.S., "60 Minutes" as "Little Abscam," his Resident Agency's work helped expose corruption in the school system, leading to the conviction and sentencing of several school board members and the superintendent of schools. But perhaps most noteworthy was his participation in the apprehension of Leon Johnson, who was to be placed on the FBI's top ten most wanted fugitives list on the day of his capture, who had escaped from Federal prison and was wanted for kidnapping and assault.
After a brief stay with Banker's Trust Company as an Assistant Vice President in 1984, Judge Scarpino, at the age of thirty-two, was appointed Associate City Court Judge of Mount Vernon by the late Mayor Thomas E. Sharpe. He was the youngest Judge in Mount Vernon's history. In 1985, running with the support of the Democratic, Republican, and Conservative parties, he was elected City Judge. In 1986, he became Senior City Judge, presiding on one of the busiest courts in the County. In November 1988, Judge Scarpino was elected Westchester County Court Judge on the Democratic line At thirty-seven, he was the youngest County Court Judge in Westchester's history.
In July 1989, he was appointed Acting Supreme Court Justice and was assigned to expand the Special Narcotics Part in the Westchester County Courthouse. In July 1991, he was reassigned and presided over the most serious criminal cases occurring in Westchester County. In 1993, he was elected to the New York State Supreme Court for the Ninth Judicial District which covers Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam and Orange counties. He was assigned to Rockland County and Westchester County handling Civil Parts. In February 1998, he was assigned to the Special Matrimonial Part. In 1999, he was reassigned to handle both criminal and civil cases. In November 2000, Justice Scarpino was elected Westchester County Surrogate. In addition to his responsibilities as Surrogate, in June 2006, Judge Scarpino was appointed Supervising Judge of the Matrimonial Part of Westchester County. In January 2010, he was appointed Supervising Justice for Article 81 matters for the Ninth Judicial District. In 2006, he was recognized by Lawdragon Magazine as one of the top 500 judges in the United States, and the Westchester County Bar Association for his contributions to the legal community. In 2007, he received the "Justice For All Award" from the Westchester Women's Bar Association for his work in the Pro Bono area. In 2009, he received the Columbian Lawyers Association Distinguished Service Award.
Judge Scarpino is an adjunct professor at Pace Law School, teaching Surrogate's Practice; Long Island University, teaching in the Graduate School of Community Health; and lana College, teaching Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence to graduate students in the Criminal Justice Department. He is Co-Chair of the Ninth Judicial District's Pro Bono Committee, and a member of the Pace Law School Board of Visitors, the Westchester County Task Force on Bias and Hate Crimes and was the Ninth Judicial District's Coordinator for the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Task Force Against Hate.