Republicans back McElduff for Orange County Surrogate judge

Orange County Republicans this week endorsed Wawayanda Town Justice Timothy McElduff Jr. over Port Jervis Judge James Hendry to run for the county Surrogate Court judgeship that Robert Onofry will vacate at the end of this year after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

McElduff, a partner at the New Windsor law firm Drake Loeb and a town justice for 12 years, said in a campaign press release that committee members had unanimously endorsed him to run for a 10-year term in Surrogate Court. He appears to have a clear shot at the Republican nomination without a primary: Hendry, who had started a campaign website and touted endorsements, said after the committee’s vote that he was ending his campaign “in the interest of Republican Party solidarity.”

Democrats, meanwhile, announced this week that M. Justin Rider, a Newburgh resident and managing partner in the New Windsor law firm of Rider, Weiner & Frankel, will run for the Surrogate Court judgeship.

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