OSSINING, N.Y. Town Councilman Mike Tawil announced last week that he is running on the Democratic ticket for a newly-created judicial seat on Ossining town court, rather than running for re-election as councilman.
"I am excited at the prospect of being able to use my 20 years of legal experience to serve the Ossining Community," Tawil said in a press release.
The Ossining Democratic Party chose Tawil last week to run for a third judicial seat on the Ossining town court that was created due to the merger of the Ossining village and town courts. To replace Tawil in the position he had been running for, the Ossining Democratic Party chose Eric Blaha to run for Ossining town councilman.
Tawil is currently in private practice as a litigator and trial lawyer. He said he has represented a variety of clients, including individuals, municipal entities, large and small corporations, medical facilities and care givers. In the past, he was a volunteer New York City Civil Court arbitrator.
Tawil is married with a nine-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter in the Ossining public school system. He is a member of the Congregation Sons of Israel in Briarcliff, a member of the Ossining Parent Teacher Association, and an associate member of the Holla Hose volunteer fire company in the Ossining fire department.
In addition to being a town councilman, Tawil is a member of the Ossining Zoning Board of Appeals.
"I have a passion for promoting fairness for our entire community, and resolving each issue the town has faced after listening carefully to all sides," Tawil said.
Tawil is running against John Mangialardi, another attorney who is running on the Republican, Independence and Conservative party lines.
Current Town Justice John Fried is also running for a judicial seat, unopposed.
The consolidated Ossining village and Ossining town court is expected to open in January 2012. Ossining Town Supervisor Catherine Borgia estimated that the merger would save $200,000 in 2012.
"I think it's terrific. Right now if you go into the building, there are two different windows, there's a town trial day, a village trial day, a town and village vehicle traffic day," Borgia said. "With just one court, the scheduling will be easier to manage, and for the end user it'll be not so confusing as to whether to go to the town or village... We think it's a real step in the right direction for the consolidation of services."
The salary for town justice, a part-time position, is approximately $40,000, according to Ossining Village Mayor William Hanauer.
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