It's the start of another election cycle.  This year two town board and two town justice seats are up as well as the town clerk.  Katherine Daniels is running for one of the town board seats, Billy Morin is running for town clerk and Sol Schepps and Bob Leder are running for town justices.  In addition to the Democratic line you will find our candidates on the Balanced Rock line.  Election day is Tuesday, November 5.  This year you may also vote early

Katherine J. Daniels is an attorney with almost 3 decades of experience litigating and counseling clients in all areas of intellectual property, first amendment, defamation, privacy, data security, unfair competition, false advertising and employment law.  Katherine has litigated complex intellectual property related disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets, false advertising, defamation and unfair competition.  Her litigation clients have included telecommunications and media companies, music publishers, book publishers, computer technology companies, consumer product manufacturers, automobile manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology companies, and numerous authors and artists.
In addition to her own legal practice, Katherine is counsel to the Tendy Law Office.  She was a partner at the law firm BahnMulter LLP from 2013 to 2015.  Before that, she served for 14 years as in-house counsel for Hachette Filipacchi Media, a global publisher of consumer magazines and websites. Prior to joining Hachette, Katherine was an associate at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal and Manges, where she was a litigator in the firm’s trade practices and regulatory law group.  After law school, Katherine served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Clifford and the Honorable Morton A. Brody on the Supreme Court of the State of Maine.
Katherine is active in community service.  She served as President of the Board of Education for the North Salem Central School District for 4 years and as a member of the Board for 14 years.  She served on the Comprehensive Planning Committee and the Energy Advisory Panel for the Town of North Salem, NY and on the Executive Committee for the Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium.  She also served as Senior Warden of the Vestry of St. James Episcopal Church in North Salem for five years overseeing the renovations of the Village Hall.  She is presently on the Board of Directors for the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, Allied Community Enterprises (affordable housing) and the North Salem Bridle Trails Association.
Katherine is a 1984 graduate of Middlebury College and a 1990 graduate of Brooklyn Law School.
Katherine is married to Josh Leicht, an attorney, former prosecutor and current compliance consultant.  Josh also serves as firefighter and EMT on the Croton Falls Volunteer Fire Department, where he is the Vice President and a Lieutenant.  Katherine’s oldest son Jacob Leicht is a sophomore studying engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder on a US Air Force ROTC scholarship.  Her youngest son Benjamin recently accepted an appointment to the US Air Force Academy, where is will study aeronautical engineering and run on the track team starting in June, 2019.  Katherine enjoys horseback riding, running, hiking, skiing, biking, diving and many other outdoor activities.  She has lived in North Salem since 1996.

Solomon J. Schepps has been practicing of law since 1983. He has lived in North Salem since 1989 with his wife Karen Kalikow, also an attorney, and their son Daniel Schepps, who now lives in Brooklyn and works for Etain Health, Inc.  Sol was a member of the Croton Falls Fire Department from 1989 to 1993, and was president and board member of the Lake Hawthorne Homeowners' Association.  He has mentored students in the OPTIONS program at North Salem High School, and has coached little league baseball, youth hockey and AYSO soccer.  

Sol has served on the following:  Member North Salem Housing Board; Member Central Screening Committee, NYS Assigned Counsel Plan, Appellate Division, First Department;  

Graduate of Cardozo School of Law, 1982;  Admitted to NY bar;  Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division, Bronx, 1983-1993 (1989-1990 with Special Litigation Unit)

Private practice since 1993, specializing in criminal defense, both trial and appellate, including DWI

Experience also in traffic, real estate, landlord-tenant, contracts, torts and immigration;  Experience in complex long-term litigation;  Over 80 jury (and countless non-jury) trials to verdict;  Oral argument in NY appellate courts

Rob Leder has the experience and temperament as an attorney and social worker to be an excellent Town Justice.   He promises to treat all people with dignity, respect, fairness, and understanding, and to uphold the laws of the state and country.   

Rob has been blessed and honored for most of his life to be able to help people.  For the past thirty years he spent thousands of hours representing adults and children in court.  He served as President of the Bronx Family Court Bar Association for two terms, taught continuing legal education classes in evidence and litigation and acted as a mediator and small claims arbitrator.  He is a respected member of the bar who was called on dozens of times to review applications to the judiciary.

Rob was admitted to the Bars in Connecticut in 1987 and New York in 1988. He attended Pace University Law School at night.  He made the Dean’s List in 1985 and 1986 and was a Ranking Scholar in 1987.  In 1986, he was a clerk intern at the Yonkers Family Court

Rob graduated with an MSSW from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1979.  He was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for ten years at Yonkers Family Services and Westchester Jewish Community Services.  Rob majored in political science at SUNY Albany.  As a legislative intern he helped draft legislation to protect children and workers. He was a Big Brother in high school and college and worked as a child care worker and unit director at St. Catherine’s Center for Children in Albany.

Rob and his wife Maureen are passionate about protecting and enjoying North Salem.  They are members of the Open Land Foundation and Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.   Rob helped organize a Swim Across America in North Salem this summer which raised almost $10,000.00 for cancer treatment and research.  

As Town Justice, Rob will do his best to unite North Salem.  We live in divided times but we all want to be treated fairly and justly; to feel safe; to provide for our families; for our children to have a good future; to worship or not worship as we desire; to express ourselves freely; to honor the people who serve our nation; and to be able to love and be good to one another.  For more information or to talk about what’s important to you, you can reach Rob at (914) 301 5024 or rlederesq@gmail.com 

Billy Morin graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology followed by a master's degree from Cambridge University (UK) in Archaeology. He withdrew from his Ph.D studies at Leiden University (The Netherlands) to take care of his ailing mother.

Billy and his family lived in the Bronx during his early years where he graduated Fordham Preparatory High School. He enjoyed many summers and holidays in North Salem at the family's vacation cottage at Peach Lake. He has been living here now permanently for more than ten years.

Billy worked for more than twenty years with an executive recruiting firm in New York, and achieved the position of Senior Managing Director in charge of a small division.

Locally,  Billy serves on the North Salem Town Architectural Review Board.  He is an active member of the Croton Falls Fire Department, Friends of the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, North Salem Historical Society, the North Salem Democratic Committee, a parishioner and lay minister at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. 

Billy is also a member of several regional and national archaeological organizations, is a permanent member of the Pennsylvania State University Egyptian Expedition, and has participated on digs in Egypt and Israel.