GOSHEN - Orange County Judge Robert A. Onofry was sworn into his new term by Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt at the Legislative meeting on Jan. 3. Onofry was re-elected to a 10-year term in November but must retire at the end of 2019 after turning 70.
Onofry was elected Orange County Surrogate Judge in November 2008 after 32 years in private practice and after having served 12 years as Port Jervis City Court Judge and as Acting Court Judge for both the cities of Middletown and Newburgh, by special assignment from the Office of Court Administration. In January 2009, within days of assuming office, he was appointed Acting Supreme Court Justice for the Ninth Judicial District – Orange County Civil IAS Trial part – where he has shared civil trial duties for nine years with the four full-time Orange County Supreme Court justices.
Onofry was appointed Acting Surrogate Court Judge for Westchester County in July 2015 to assist in the oversight, management and disposition of the Westchester County caseload. He continues to serve in the dual capacity of Orange County Surrogate Court Judge and Acting Surrogate for Westchester.
During his years in private practice, he served as pro bono legal counsel for the Port Jervis Little League and Pop Warner Football League, as director of the Ingeborg A. Biondo Memorial Foundation for Children with Special Needs, and as a director of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. In December 2008, before assuming his duties as surrogate judge, he was recognized for 25 years of service to the Port Jervis School District.
He continues to live in Port Jervis with Linda, his wife of 45 years. Together they have raised four children, two of whom reside in the Port Jervis area.