McElduff announces candidacy for Surrogate Court judge (updated)

Timothy McElduff Jr. of Wawayanda announced Thursday that he’ll run this year to succeed Orange County Surrogate Court Judge Robert Onofry, who was re-elected to a 10-year term in November but must retire at the end of 2019 after turning 70.

McElduff has been a lawyer for more than 20 years and is a partner at the New Windsor firm Drake Loeb, focusing on civil litigation that has included estate cases, contested wills, guardianships and other Surrogate Court matters. He also has presided over traffic and minor criminal cases as a Wawayanda town justice for 12 years. He was elected to that position three times on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party ballot lines.

Onofry, a Port Jervis Republican, was first elected Surrogate Court judge in 2008 and ran unopposed for a second term last year.

(Update: Onofry was sworn in for his second term by Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt at a county Legislature meeting on Thursday. In addition to being county’s sole Surrogate Court judge, Onofry has been serving as acting state Supreme Court justice in Goshen and acting Surrogate Court judge in Westchester County.)

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