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JUDGE SCOTT B. UGELL, TOWN JUSTICEJudge

Judge Scott B. Ugell is Clarkstown, first elected in 1991 when he was the youngest elected judge in modern Clarkstown Justice Court history. He is currently the Judge presiding over a special Domestic Violence Court and serves along with Family Court Judges and other local Judges and staff members. This special county committee on Domestic Violence studies ways to improve the courts for those involved in domestic violence matters.

Judge Ugell graduated from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1982, and Hofstra University's School of Law in 1985.

Judge Ugell is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the Southern and Eastern District of the United States District Court in New York and the United States Supreme Court.

After graduating from Hofstra University Law School, Judge Ugell was a Deputy Town Attorney in the Town of Hempstead, the most densely populated Township in the State of New York. Thereafter, Judge Ugell was a Court Arbitrator in New York City Civil Courts and later became Assistant General Counsel to Pyramid Companies, the Syracuse, New York based shopping mall developer and management company.

Judge Ugell currently practices law in New City, New York where he focuses on Family and Matrimonial Law, Real Estate Development, Bankruptcy law, debtor and creditor rights and general and construction litigation.

Judge Ugell is involved in many charitable and social organizations. He is Chairman of the Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland, A Board Member of the Jewish Federation of Rockland, a former Board Member of the JCC-Y, a member of the New City Chamber of Commerce and member of the New City Jewish Center, and supporter of United Hospice of Rockland, Good Counsel and many other worthy charitable organizations. He is a member of the New York State Bar, the Rockland county Bar Association where is co-chair of the Bankruptcy Committee, and the Rockland County Magistrates Association where he was a past president.

Judge Ugell lives in Bardonia, New York with his two teenage daughters.


JUDGE CRAIG E. JOHNS, TOWN JUSTICE
JudgeJudge Johns and his wife Lana live in Nanuet, New York, where they are raising their three (3) children. He attended Nanuet High School, University of Connecticut (B.S Degree), New York Law School (J.D.Degree), and has taught at Rockland Community College and St. Thomas Aquinas College.

In 1980 Judge Johns was admitted to practice Law in the State of New York and was subsequently admitted to practice law in Virginia and the United States Supreme Court. His background is primarily litigation, and he has served as an Assistant District Attorney for the County of Rockland. Having been a corporate litigator in Washington, D.C., and the litigation partner of a New York City firm, Judge Johns now maintains his private practice in Nanuet, New York, and is serving his third term as Clarkstown Town Justice.

Professional and Community Organizations that he is presently involved in are: NYS Bar Association, NYS Magistrates Association, Rockland County Bar Association, Rockland County Magistrates Association, D.B.P.O.E (Elks), Honary member of the Rockland County Shields, Sons of Italy as well as serving as Rockland County's first Drug Court Judge.

Judge Johns enjoys golf, and participating in family events with his wife and three sons during his spare time.


JUDGE HOWARD GERBER, TOWN JUSTICE
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Judge Gerber grew up in Valley Cottage and graduated from Nyack High School (1975), The State University of New York at Geneseo (BA 1979), Pace University School of Law (JD 1982), and was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1983, and the United States District Courts – Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in 1984.

Judge Gerber was re-elected to a four year term as Town Justice, commencing January 1, 2016, having been first elected to a term, commencing January 1, 2007, following his appointment by a unanimous bipartisan vote of the Town Board of Clarkstown in December 2006, to fill a vacancy.

Judge Gerber served as an Assistant District Attorney in Rockland County (1983-1985) and Westchester County (1985 -1994). He served as a Deputy Town Attorney in Clarkstown (2004-2006), as an Arbitrator in White Plains City Court (1994-1999), and as a Police Academy Lecturer.

Judge Gerber is an Active Life Member of the Valley Cottage Volunteer Fire Department, where he has been a member since 1979. He has served as Safety Officer, Lieutenant, Captain, Second Assistant Chief, First Assistant Chief, and recently completed his term as Chief of the Department.

Judge Gerber is a member of the New York State Magistrates Association, Rockland County Magistrates Association, Rockland County Bar Association, and Westchester County Bar Association. He belongs to the Valley Cottage Civic Association, Nanuet Civic Association, Congers Civic Association, Reform Temple of Rockland, New City Chamber of Commerce, PTA, Congers Valley Cottage Rotary, Rockland County Volunteer Firemen's Association, and the Rockland County Fire Chiefs' Association.

Judge Gerber lives with his family in Valley Cottage, and maintains a private practice of law, with offices in Nanuet and Westchester.


JUDGE DAVID M. ASCHER, TOWN JUSTICE
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Judge Ascher has been a resident of Clarkstown since 2002. He graduated from the University ofRhode Island in 1998, with a B.A. in Political Science. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Pace Law School in 2002 where he was competitively selected to represent Pace in the National Moot CourtCompetition.

He began his legal career in the Rockland County District Attorney's Office in 2002. In 2004 he beganprivate practice representing litigants in commercial, civil and criminal defense litigation. He alsomaintains an active Real Estate practice includingtransactions, zoning and planning.

He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, and in the Federal Courts in Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Judge Ascher has been Deputy Village Attorney in the Villages of South Nyack, Chestnut Ridge, Airmont and Spring Valley. During his tenure as Deputy Village Attorney he has prosecuted Village Code and Zoning Violations, along with Vehicle and Traffic Violations.

Judge Ascher is active in the Clarkstown Girls Softball League, Clarkstown Soccer Club and Make-A-Wish of the Hudson Valley.

Judge Ascher lives in New City with his wife Allison and their two children.