Hon. Edward P. Borrelli Has Died


It is with deep sadness that we announce that our esteemed colleague, Edward P. Borrelli, has died. His obituary is set forth below:

Judge Edward P. Borrelli died peacefully on July 12, 2022 at the age of 70. He is survived by the love of his life and teenage sweetheart, his wife Cheryl Lynn (nee Malcolm) Borrelli, his beloved children, son Edward Malcolm Borrelli, daughter in law Elaina Borrelli, daughter Christen Michelle Moschetta, son in law Michael Moschetta, and the joys of his life, granddaughter Liliana Grace Moschetta, newborn grandson Michael Pasquale Moschetta and newborn grandson Enrico Luther Borrelli. He is also survived by his sister, Marie O’Leary, brother in law Timothy O’Leary and four nieces and their families.

Judge Edward P. Borrelli was born to Pasquale “Patsy” Borrelli of Casalduni, Italy and Susan (nee Santo) Borrelli of Yonkers, New York on August 25, 1951.

Judge Borrelli graduated from Manhattan Prep, in 1969, a member of one of the last classes to graduate from the Prep. He received his BA from Manhattan College (1973) and his Juris Doctor Degree from New York Law School (1976). He was admitted to practice in New York, the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States.

His first employment as a lawyer was as an Aide with the Education and Training Office of the New York State Office of Court Administration. He eventually rose through the ranks to ultimately serve as Acting Deputy Director of Human Resources for Education and Training for the New York State Unified Court System. While there he was responsible for the training of the Judiciary in New York State. He also served as national Secretary for the National Association of State Judicial Educators, guest lectured at the National Judicial College and for the National Judges’ Association, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, several local Bar Associations, New York Law School, Fordham Law School and Pace University Law School and other law schools and universities and for CJE and CLE programs for other states’ judiciaries. He was a frequent faculty member at the New York State Judicial Institute. Judge Borrelli was also named an honorary Texas Citizen for service to the Texas judiciary.

Judge Borrelli also served for several decades in various counsel positions and as a voting member on the New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics and was Chair of the statewide Judicial Campaign Ethics subcommittee of the ACJE.
Judge Borrelli’s dream of becoming a judge came true in January of 2000 when he was appointed to his first judgeship, Yonkers City Judge, by Mayor John Spencer. He was also appointed to serve as a trial Judicial Hearing Officer and Special Referee in Supreme Court Westchester County, Supreme Court and Family Court Orange County and Family Court, Putman County. Judge Borrelli’s greatest professional joy was presiding over trials in the Supreme Court.

Judge Borrelli retired from the court system in 2017 after 41 years of service and joined the law firm of McCarthy, Fingar, LLP where he practiced until his death.

Judge Borrelli was a classic car aficionado and he enjoyed the first car he ever owned, a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro convertible through most of his life. A member of the RocknRods Classic Car Club and Cadillac DeLaSalle Club, he and Cheryl enjoyed many wonderful times with cherished friends.

He also was highly decorated adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America, for several decades. He earned numerous awards including Wood Badge and the Silver Beaver, the highest award that can be granted an adult leader at the Council level. During his later years with the Boy Scouts he taught adult leaders creative outdoor cooking skills and how to produce upscale meals on open ground campfires.

Judge Borrelli was a member of the Order of the Sons of Italy, Calandra Lodge, and the Police Columbia Association of Westchester, where he served as legal counsel.

Judge Borrelli’s greatest personal joy was being together with his whole family around a dining table, whether a holiday feast in Yonkers, a summer barbeque at the cottage at Peach Lake or during one of the several family vacations to Europe that he and Cheryl hosted for the family to maintain family bonds and nurture ties with our cousins in Italy.