New Paltz Town Justice Jonathan Katz resigns

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His letter of resignation did not cite a reason, but in a statement issued Wednesday by his law office, Katz said: "It's time to let a younger person have the chance to experience the unmitigated joy of being a judge in such a wonderful town. My private law practice is growing, and I want to concentrate on that."

Town Supervisor Neil Bettez said the Town Board plans to discuss the impending vacancy when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday, July 29, in the Town Court, 25 Plattekill Avenue.

“We have had at least a half-dozen [interested parties] send in information so far,” Bettez ...aid.

He said applications for the judgeship will continue to be accepted through 4 p.m. Friday and that board, by next Wednesday, July 31, will decide which candidates to interview. Those interviews will be conducted, in public, at the Town Board meeting the following evening.

The appointee will serve through end of 2020, and whoever is elected to the post in November 2020 will serve a four-year term starting in January 2021.

New Paltz has two town justices. The other seat, currently held by James Bacon, will be on the ballot this fall.

Bettez said discussions are being conducted with people familiar with the court system to determine what qualifications should be sought for an appointed judge.

“I’ve talked to our town attorney to see if he has any thoughts ... and I’ll probably followup on that,” the supervisor said. “I’ve reached out to the clerks to see if they have any input, and I’ve spoken to Judge Bacon to see if he is willing to give us his thoughts on what we should be looking for.”

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