The Clarkstown Democratic Party unanimously nominated Clarkstown Town Justice Rolf M. Thorsen for a second four-year term last week. The Independence Party and Working Families Party had already endorsed him. Judge Thorsen also presides over the Clarkstown Domestic Violence Court.
Clarkstown Justice Court has jurisdiction over preliminary felony proceedings, misdemeanors, violations, traffic infractions, small claims, landlord tenant proceedings and other civil matters. Clarkstown Domestic Violence Court is a specialized court, which adjudicates criminal offenses involving intimate partners. Dedicated to enhancing victim safety and holding offenders accountable, the Clarkstown Domestic Violence Court facilitates access to needed services, ensures judicial monitoring and promotes increased coordination between the court, community stakeholders and victim services providers.
A 1979 graduate of Clarkstown High School North, Judge Thorsen receive a B.S. in business administration from SUNY Albany in 1983 and graduated from SUNY Buffalo’s Faculty of Law and Jurisprudence in 1986. He is an attorney admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey and has had a private law practice for more than 24 years. He served as confidential law clerk to the Hon. William P. Warren of Rockland County Family Court for more than 14 years.