Thomas Roach (mayor)

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Thomas Roach
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Mayor of White Plains
Assumed office
February 19, 2011
Preceded by Adam Bradley
Personal details
Born1960/1961(age 57–58)
White Plains, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education SUNY Albany
SUNY Buffalo School of Law

Thomas M. Roach Jr. (born 1960/1961) [1] [2] is an American politician and attorney serving as mayor of White Plains, New York. He took office as acting mayor in February 2011 following the resignation of former Mayor Adam Bradley. Roach won a March 2011 special election held to fill the remainder of Bradley's term. [2]

White Plains, New York City in New York, United States

White Plains is a city in Westchester County, New York, United States. An inner suburb of New York City, it is the county seat and commercial hub of Westchester, a densely populated suburban county that is home to approximately one million people. White Plains is located in south-central Westchester, with its downtown 25 miles (40 km) north of Midtown Manhattan.

Adam T. Bradley is a Democratic former New York State Assemblyman and former Mayor of the City of White Plains.


Early life and background

Roach was born in White Plains. He attended SUNY Albany where he received a degree in political science, and earned his law degree at the SUNY Buffalo School of Law. Upon graduating from law school in 1986, he represented indigent individuals in Bronx County with the Legal Aid Society.

University at Buffalo Law School

Founded in 1887, the University at Buffalo School of Law is a graduate professional school at the University at Buffalo. It is the State University of New York (SUNY) system's only law school. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University at Buffalo School of Law 106th in the nation for 2018, a drop of six places from the previous year, and the first time the law school has dropped out of the second tier. The University at Buffalo School of Law is No. 1 in Thomson Reuter's "Super Lawyers" ranking of law graduates practicing in Upstate New York, which includes 54 of the 62 counties in New York State. This is in addition to the UB Law School's 2010 national ranking, where it placed 48th out of the 180 law schools in the country that produced Super Lawyers, a measure which examines "twelve indicators of professional achievement". Also, Malcolm Gladwell, in the New Yorker Magazine, devised a formula that ranks UB within the top 50 whereas Reuters ranks UB Law as 48th overall in the nation.

Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society in New York City is the United States' oldest and largest provider of legal aid to the indigent, those in poverty in the United States. It provides services for both criminal cases, analogous to public defenders, and civil cases.

In 1989 he entered the private practice of law in White Plains and has been primarily engaged in civil litigation since then. He was formerly employed with the firm of Mead, Hecht, Conklin, and Gallagher in Mamaroneck. Roach is married, with two children. He is also a cancer survivor. [3]

Mamaroneck (village), New York Village in New York, United States

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Political career

In 2001, Roach ran for and was elected to the White Plains Common Council as a Democrat. He was reelected in 2005 and 2009.

Democratic Party (United States) Major political party in the United States

The Democratic Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with its rival, the Republican Party. Tracing its heritage back to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison's Democratic-Republican Party, the modern-day Democratic Party was founded around 1828 by supporters of Andrew Jackson, making it the world's oldest active political party.

In November 2010, Roach ran for the New York State Assembly and lost by 112 votes to incumbent Robert Castelli, who had taken office in February of that year following the resignation of former Assemblyman Adam Bradley, who had vacated the office after being elected Mayor of White Plains. [4] [5] [6] [7]

New York State Assembly lower house of the New York State Legislature

The New York State Assembly is the lower house of the New York State Legislature, the New York State Senate being the upper house. There are 150 seats in the Assembly. Assemblymembers serve two-year terms without term limits.

Robert Castelli American politician

Robert J. "Bob" Castelli is an American security consultant, professor and media personality from Goldens Bridge, New York. He served two terms as a member of the New York State Assembly, representing northeastern Westchester County, New York.

In February 2011, Bradley announced his resignation as mayor, [8] following his December 2010 conviction for attempted assault and harassment of his wife, which was later overturned in 2013. [9] Roach, who was as President of the Common Council at the time, ascended to the Office of Mayor of the City of White Plains. [10] [11] Roach subsequently won a March 31, 2011, special election to fill the remainder of Bradley's term. [2]

Election results

Robert J. Castelli (REP - CON - TXP)...21,263 (50.1%)
Thomas M. Roach, Jr. (DEM - IND - WOR)...21,151 (49.9%)
Thomas M. Roach Jr. (DEM - IND - WOR)...4,450 (52%)
Bob Hyland (REP - CON)...3,020 (35%)
Glen Hockley (POP)...1,153 (13%)
Thomas M. Roach, Jr. (DEM - IND - WOR)...6,627 (78%)
Cass Cibelli (REP - CON)...1,907 (22%)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Adam Bradley
Mayor of White Plains