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Madrid judge resigns; November election will fill four-year seat

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MADRID - Leaders of the town’s Republican and Democrat parties have until Sept. 16 to choose their respective candidates to run in November for the seat vacated by beleaguered former Town Justice Anya A. Mironova Tendler, who resigned Monday.

Ms. Tendler, 43, of 100 Rudy Road, Madrid, was arrested Aug. 6 after allegedly being involved in a hit-and-run accident in Canton and leading police on a short chase. She was charged with Leandra’s Law - aggravated DWI with a child under the age of 16 - because she had her 5-year-old triplets in the vehicle at the time of her arrest.

She was also ticketed for unlawfully fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, moving from lane unsafely, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

A day later, Ms. Tendler was arrested again in the city of Ogdensburg after she was found parked in her vehicle, with her children again in the car, after purchasing liquor at a nearby store.

As a result of that incident she was arrested for violating the terms of her probation, which included not entering any establishments that sell alcohol, and for driving with a suspended license.

Following the charges, Ms. Tendler was removed from presiding over any matters in Madrid Town Court under an order signed by state Court of Appeals Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts A. Gail Prudenti.

After her suspension, Fourth Judicial District Administrative Judge Vito C. Caruso reassigned cases pending in Madrid Town Court to Potsdam Town Justice Sam Charleson, who will continue holding court in Madrid through the end of December, according to Madrid Town Supervisor Tony A. Cooper.

Mr. Cooper said Ms. Tendler’s official resignation on Monday means her seat will now be filled in November’s general election.

He said candidates seeking the justice post will vie for a new, four-year term taking effect Jan. 1.

The town justice position in Madrid pays $12,300 annually.

St. Lawrence County Republican Election Commissioner Thomas A. Nichols said because Ms. Tendler’s resignation was tendered after the July petition filing deadline for candidates seeking office on the Republican or Democratic lines in November, and after Tuesday’s filing deadline for Independent candidates, it will now be up to Republican and Democratic party committee members to select their respective candidates for the open seat.

Mr. Nichols said the deadline for both parties to nominate candidates for the Nov. 4 general election is Sept. 16.

Mr. Cooper said Ms. Tendler’s resignation letter to the town did not offer an explanation, and there was no narrative other than to say her resignation was effective Aug. 18.

“It was on the town clerk’s desk, with the key to the building,” Mr. Cooper said of Ms. Tendler’s letter of resignation.

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