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Pelham Town Justice Winners Discuss Their Future

PELHAM, N.Y. – John De Chiaro spent the day after his victory in Pelham’s town justice election not by celebrating but by removing approximately 50 of his lawn signs and posters from town.

“I didn’t want to pollute Pelham anymore,” De Chiaro said.

De Chiaro, along with fellow Republican Stephen Huff, won the two seats in the Pelham town justice election Tuesday night, according to unofficial results. While Huff has served as a justice for more than three decades, De Chiaro will soon have to balance his new role with his current job as a lawyer at his private practice.

De Chiaro said his new responsibility will only strengthen his work as a lawyer. “I think what it’s going to do is make me ponder more about the cases that I take and the cases that I have already,” De Chiaro said.

He added that his job as a justice will likely make him more deliberate and selective in the cases he chooses.

Huff will soon have a new partner on the bench with him now that Judge Anthony Pasquantonio has stepped down. De Chiaro said he is not nervous about taking over for Pasquantonio.

The longtime justice is optimistic about the situation. “I think it’ll be an easy transition,” Huff said. “Judge Pasquantonio’s health has impacted upon his work for a number of months already. As a very good friend, I’m going to miss him very much. He was a just a wonderful friend.”

Huff said he thinks that De Chiaro’s experience in the courtroom as a lawyer will make the transition smoother for him. He plans to coordinate with De Chiaro and meet with him to discuss how his new role as a justice will affect his work at his private practice.

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