Although it appeared to be business as usual at last night’s court session in the Town of Mamaroneck, many people remained after the last case was called. It was Judge Dolores Battalia’s last day on the bench after her retirement from the town was announced.
“It’s a tremendous loss to the community and to me personally,” said Justice Jean Marie Brescia, as she handed flowers to Battalia.
“I feel a bit of sadness—it has been a wonderful opportunity to serve,” said Battalia, as she addressed the people that came out to support her.
Her involvement in the town spans over a decade. Battalia served as Town of Mamaroneck supervisor from 1984-89 and as the town justice since 2001.
Battalia’s daughter, Mamaroneck Town Clerk Christina Battalia, was more circumspect about her feelings toward her mother's last day.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” she said.
Although Dolores will be stepping down from her post as Town Justice, she will continue to work in her Larchmont-based law practice.
The Town Board will discuss the next steps for filling the vacant seat at Wednesday's work session.
Editor's Note: Dolores Battalia was appointed in 2001 as town justice, not 2006. The article has been reflected with this change.