2001-12-29 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey


A very good friend and an outstanding judge Martin Ritholtz was inducted as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York on December 19th.

It is truly inspirational to know that as Judge Ritholtz moves up from the Civil Court to the Supreme Court we are elevating a person of intellect, integrity and honesty. His peers regard Judge Ritholtz as an outstanding jurist. This is the highest compliment that any professional can receive.

The induction ceremony of Judge Martin Ritholtz was filled to overflowing with family, friends and neighbors. The Honorable Steven Fisher presided over the ceremony.

Nathaniel E. Ritholtz led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Star Spangled Banner was sung by the talented Honorable John Milano, Justice of the Supreme Court. The Honorable Steven W. Fisher, the Administrative
Judge of the Supreme Court of the Eleventh Judicial District gave the opening remarks. He extolled the judicial presence and talent of Judge Martin Ritholtz. He reviewed many of the illustrious highlights of Judge Ritholtz's career. There were an unusually large number of guest speakers attesting to Judge Ritholtz judicial accomplishments including Honorable Thomas J. Manton, Executive Chairman of the Queens County Democratic Organization; Honorable Richard A. Brown, the District Attorney of Queens County; Honorable Myriam J. Altman, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department; Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis, United States District Court Judge, Eastern District of New York; Honorable Luther V. Dye, Justice of the Supreme Court; Honorable Angelo Graci, Justice of the Supreme Court (Retired); and Seymour W. James Jr, President of the Queens County Bar Association. The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Administrative Judge, Unified Court System of the State of New York issued the oath of office. Anne Ritholtz, Martin's wife and their children assisted at the robing ceremony. Anne Ritholtz is a very special woman. She is intelligent, gracious, warm and sincere. She is one of a rare type, which is as lovely on the inside as she is on the outside. I always believe that you can tell a lot about a person by meeting the individual that they chose to marry. Judge Martin Ritholtz is blessed by having a wonderful wife and family. 

The induction ceremony was made more meaningful by having Rabbi Philip N. Ritholtz, Judge Martin Ritholtz's father deliver the benediction. It is wonderful to know that a person of the quality of Martin Ritholtz will be serving as a Judge. It gives one faith in our judicial system.

In addition to attending the induction ceremony this week, I had the pleasure of chatting with one of my fellow columnists from the Wave – Kevin Boyle. Kevin has a special journalistic flare. His keen sense of humor is a defining characteristic in his personality. He is a man of many talents. I am looking forward to reading Kevin's book. He has a work in progress for future publication.

Move over James Michener! Here comes Kevin Boyle.

Thanks to Susan Locke for inviting us to share part of the holiday season with her. She has such a warm and genuine spirit and an engaging smile. Her artistic talents add a special dimension to her personality. If you need a special gift please check out her pottery.

Best wishes to everyone for a healthy and happy New Year. The victims and families of the September 11 and November 12 tragedies are upper most in our minds. We will never forget!

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