NEWBURGH - The City of Newburgh Democratic Committee has unanimously endorsed Newburgh City Court Judge Peter Kulkin for re-election and overwhelmingly endorsed attorney Paul Trachte for the City of Newburgh’s second elected City Court Judge position. Kulkin and Trachte will be running for ten year terms in the November election to join City Court Judge Eddie Williams who was appointed to a ten year term in January by the Newburgh City Council.
Kulkin, who was elected to serve as City Court Judge in 2004, is a former Newburgh City Council Member and served as a Trial Attorney with The Orange County Legal Aid Society for over fifteen years primarily in Newburgh City Court. Trachte, a prominent local attorney with a practice focused on criminal law lives on West Street where he heads up the firm of Trachte and Trachte. He is a former partner in the well known law firm Larkin, Axelrod, Trachte and Tetenbaum and has also served as a Trial Attorney with The Legal Aid Society of Orange County and with The New York Legal Aid Society.
Kulkin told supporters that he was "gratified to be unanimously endorsed for re-election" and vowed to run a "vigorous campaign that will appeal to all residents of The City of Newburgh, regardless of political party." Trachte, who was endorsed for the second elected judgeship by a weighted vote of 1579.5 to 62 over attorney Thomas Murphy at the May meeting of The City of Newburgh Democratic Committee, said he was "humbled by such overwhelming support and would work hard to be elected in November." Kulkin has vowed to forgo campaign contributions for "ethical reasons" related to being a sitting judge and self finance his campaign, which he expects to cost approximately $30,000.
City residents will go to the polls to elect two City Court Judges on November 4, 2014. Trachte is running for the new third full time Newburgh City Court Judgeship that was created by state law enacted in 2013. The three judges will each handle an equal share of Criminal, Civil, Landlord Tenant, Housing Code, City Code, Small Claims and Traffic cases pursuant to State Office of Court Administration policy and The City Court Act, which created the third judgeship.