I got a call from Lorraine Lopez informing me that this infectious Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has claimed another victim, New York State Supreme Court Judge Steven I. Milligram. Judge Milligram, a Yonkers native, passed away Tuesday morning due to complications related to COVID-19, Black Westchester was informed. He was 66.
“He was so energetic, full of passion for his duties as a judge and for the people he served,” Lorraine Lopez reminisces about the judge. “He has a lot more greatness ahead of him. He will be missed.”
Judge Milligram was elected to the state bench last fall after having served as a Monroe Town judge.
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said Milligram was a credit to the field of law.
“He was excellent trial lawyer, very smart man, kind, and he had a witty sense of humor. Anyone who ever litigated against him; we lost a judge, but we lost a really good man,” said Hoovler.
He was one of three newcomers elected to fill the open seats in the State Supreme Court, the Ninth Judicial District along with Gina Capone and Nancy Koba. The Ninth Judicial District includes Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties. His term was for fourteen years.
Milligram, a native of Yonkers, graduated from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in 1981.
I can not personally say I knew him as long as Lorraine, but like many others, I get to know individuals when I get them on a mic across from me. We had the pleasure to interview the judge on the People Before Politics Radio Pre-Election Edition, Sunday, November 3, 2019 (see the video of the interview below).
Like many other candidates, who heard stories about the radio, he was nervous about coming on the show at first. Once he entered the studio and sat down at the microphone, he was happy he hadn’t that stop from appearing on the show. He said it was his best interview ever and he was proud of it, Jen Oelkers shared with Lorraine. He did say it was an enjoyable time and he enjoyed it very much at the end of the interview.
One of the things I remember was being impressed by his record and his sense of humor. While most judicial candidates and Judges running for re-election fall back on that ‘as a judge I can not answer many questions’ excuse not to opening up during interviews, but Judge Milligram was very forthcoming with his answers. Of course we could not discuss any particular cases or how he would rule on any cases, but he did give you an idea of what kind of judge he was.
“I had the pleasure of meeting him at Judge School in White Plains only a couple of months ago,” New Rochelle City Court Judge Jared Rice shared. “He was very delightful to be around. A huge loss for our legal and broader communities.”
To celebrate his life we share this interview from November. The entire Black Westchester and People Before Politics Radio Show family extend our deepest condolences to family, friends, and colleagues or the Honorable Judge Steven I. Milligram.