Suffolk's Judge Genchi to forgo re-election

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Family Court Judge Joan Genchi will not seek re-election this fall for a new term since she could only serve one year before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

“It just doesn’t make sense,” said Genchi, 69, who currently serves as an acting Supreme Court justice in Riverhead. Genchi, a Brookhaven Republican, has been a judge for 15 years, serving one five years in district court and 10 years in family court. She said she did not want to put family and friends through the effort of running a lengthy political campaign, only to depart with nine years remaining on her term. Genchi said she has made no decision on a post-judicial career. “I don’t see myself as retiring,” she said. “I’m looking at a lot of options.”

Another veteran Republican county court judge, Gary Weber, 68, is also up for election but party officials say he wants to run again.

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County Court Judge James F.X. Doyle is 70 and cannot run for re-election, creating a vacancy.

Jesse Garcia, Brookhaven GOP chairman, said he expects “an ample number” of contenders for the posts, but party leaders have not begun discussions.

Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chair, said those under consideration include former County Court Judge Richard Ambro, Southampton Town Justice Andrea Schiavoni and Brookhaven District Court Judge Chris Ann Kelley.

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