Candidate Profile: Clark Petschek For Bedford Town Justice

October 15, 2021

Patch

By Jeff Edwards

The Bedford resident shares why he should be elected in November. Check out the full Q&A with Patch.

BEDFORD, NY — In 2021’s general election, residents of the Hudson Valley will be voting for local officials. In anticipation, Patch asked candidates in the contested races to answer questions about their campaigns and will be publishing candidate profiles as Election Day draws near.

Clark Petschek is seeking election as Bedford Town Justice in November. The 51-year-old is running on the Bedford United ticket and as a Republican candidate.

Learn more about Clark on clark4bedford.com.

Check out Patch’s full Q&A with Petschek:

Family

Spouse: Michelle; 3 children

Education

Harvard University (BA in Economics); Northeastern University School of Law (JD)

Occupation

Attorney (20 years); Hearing Officer (3 years)

Why are you seeking elective office?

I am running for Town Justice because of my deep commitment to Bedford, public service, and the law.

I have been a Bedford resident for over 40 years. I grew up in Katonah, and my wife Michelle and I raised our three children here (all of them attended the Katonah-Lewisboro schools).

Throughout my life, I have always pursued opportunities to serve the public. Here in Bedford, I have been a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals since 2012, and I was a founding member of the Veterans Advisory Committee. Previously, after graduating from Harvard University, I served our country for eight years as an officer in the Army Special Forces (Green Berets) and Infantry.

Following my military service, I earned a law degree from Northeastern University and began a diverse, 20-year legal career. For more than a decade, I practiced civil and criminal litigation at WilmerHale, a leading international law firm. While at WilmerHale, I also volunteered at the Public Defender’s Office where I represented indigent clients on a pro bono basis. Subsequently, I served as senior in-house counsel at an investment bank and then general counsel at a risk management firm. More recently, for the past last three years, I have served as a hearing officer for the New York State Gaming Commission and the New York State Retirement System. As a hearing officer, I preside over administrative cases and adjudicate claims and appeals on behalf of those state agencies.

My extensive experience as a trial attorney, transactional lawyer, and hearing officer have prepared me to handle the wide array of cases that come before the Bedford Court. I am ready to serve on day one.

I am honored by the public recommendations many of my professional colleagues have offered during this campaign. Moreover, I am humbled by the endorsements I have received from numerous law enforcement organizations, including the New York State Troopers PBA, the Westchester County Police PBA, and the Westchester County Correction Officers PBA.

I am eager to continue my service to Bedford as Town Justice, and I ask for your vote in this election.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

My extensive experience as a trial attorney, transactional lawyer, and hearing officer have prepared me to handle the wide array of cases that come before the Bedford Court. I am ready to serve on day one.

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

Every individual appearing before Bedford’s Court deserves to have their case adjudicated fairly and impartially by a judge with experience, intellect, sound judgment, and compassion. I have those qualifications, and I believe that my extensive experience as a litigator and hearing officer, coupled with my community involvement, has prepared me for the Town Justice position. I am committed to serving Bedford with integrity and humility. If elected, I will decide cases justly and without prejudice or passion.