Meet Tony Scarpino
Tony’s grandparents left Italy to make a better life in America
In the late 19th century, Tony’s paternal grandparents left the Basilicata region of Italy and his maternal grandparents left villages outside of Naples. All four eventually settled in Mount Vernon where his parents were born. Tony’s father, born in 1906, was one of seven children in a family brought closer when he lost his mother at a young age. In 1929, Anthony Sr. graduated from St. John’s Law School and set up a local law practice in Mount Vernon. Tony's mother, Frances Zibelli, worked for her family’s successful construction business which built churches, synagogues and apartment buildings throughout Mount Vernon.
His father’s early death heightened Tony’s desire to serve the public
Tony admired his father’s commitment to his community. Anthony Sr. spent a decade on the Mount Vernon School Board, serving as president twice. He was appointed Mount Vernon’s Deputy Police Commissioner in 1960. Tony was sixteen when his father died but, motivated by his father’s desire for him to graduate from law school and join the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), he went on to graduate from Mount Vernon High School, the University of Connecticut, and then Syracuse University School of Law.
Tony’s commitment to law enforcement started right away
After graduating from law school, Tony returned to Mount Vernon to study for the bar exam. He soon joined the Mount Vernon Corporation Counsel’s office as the local prosecutor until he was invited to attend the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Out in the field for only two months, Tony received a commendation for his role in the apprehension of a fugitive who was about to be placed on the most wanted list. After working on a variety of investigations ranging from civil rights violations to public corruption, he returned home to accept a foreign counterintelligence assignment in Manhattan. Tony was recruited out of the FBI by Bankers Trust who enlisted him to be a manager in their security division, tasked with planning, training and inspection oversight for branches all over the world.
Tony welcomed the opportunity to serve his community as a judge
Encouraged by community leaders to join the local bench, Tony was appointed Acting Mount Vernon City Court Judge in 1984. He was elected the following year and soon became the senior judge, valuing the opportunity work so closely with community leaders to strengthen the city he was born and raised in. Elevated by the voters to the County Court in 1988, Tony was immediately sent to a nearby county to clean up a backlog of criminal cases before returning to Westchester County to expand the Special Narcotics Part. In 1993, voters in five counties elected Tony to the New York State Supreme Court and he was immediately sent to a neighboring county to tackle a backlog of civil trials before returning to Westchester to oversee matrimonial cases, the Mental Hygiene court and numerous medical malpractice cases.
Teaching was Opportunity for Tony to Mentor a Generation of Students
While serving as a Supreme Court Justice, Tony was invited by a mentor to teach a class at Long Island University. He was immediately drawn to the opportunity to share both his knowledge and his practical experiences with students. He soon began teaching criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence in Iona College’s Criminal Justice program. Tony is proud to have served as an adjunct professor and mentor to students at Westchester Community College, Mercy College and Pace University School of Law.
As Surrogate Judge, Tony Assisted Westchester Families
In 2000, Tony was elected as Westchester County’s sole Surrogate Judge. The Surrogate’s Court is the court where “trusts and estates” matters are heard. If a resident of Westchester County passes away, either with or without a will, this is the court which may take action to resolve decedent’s affairs. In addition, this court oversees adoptions and also guardianships for developmentally disabled individuals. As Surrogate for a decade and a half, Tony kept the trial calendar current. He was honored by the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley for his pro bono advocacy during his tenure as Surrogate. While serving as Surrogate, Tony accepted the additional challenges of serving as the Supervising Judge of the Matrimonial Part and then the Supervising Judge of Fiduciary Matters for the Ninth Judicial District.
Tony has the Right Experience to be Westchester’s Next District Attorney
Tony is now a Partner at DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr, LLP in White Plains, heading the firm’s Estate Practice Group. He and his wife Eleanor currently reside in Westchester where they raised their three daughters. In May of 2016 he earned the unanimous support of the Democratic Party to run for District Attorney. Tony looks forward to speaking with residents throughout the county about serving as Westchester’s next District Attorney.