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REMEMBERING                                                                 IN MEMORIAM

                           Honorable                                                          A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE

                              Sandra J.                                                                        Judge


                           Feuerstein                                                            By Harvey B. Besunder, (Past President 1993-1994)

                         By Sarah Jane LaCova, Executive Director. SCBA
                                                                                                   y first encounter with Sandy Feuerstein was in about
                                                                                                   1993.  She was running for Supreme Court, and she
                                                                                          M came to a Suffolk County Bar Association function for
                                                                                          candidates. I was standing with my wife Arline when Sandy ap-
                                                                                          proached with a rather large pin attached to the suit on her
                                                                                          very small frame with her name: “Feuerstein Sandra, I’m Run-
                                                                                          ning for Supreme Court”. I later learned that this was the ap-
                                                                                          proach suggested to her at “charm school,” the shorthand for
                                                                                          the course on “how to make friends and win an election”. After
                                                                                          several minutes talking with her she moved on to the next
                                                                                          group and Arline said to me, “she’s cute. I’m going to vote for
                                                                                          her”. I told Sandy that story on our first date.
                                                                                             Our paths crossed many times again, albeit in passing, when

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                   .S. District Court Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein died on Friday, April
                   9th, 2021.  She was struck and killed while walking along a
            U street in Florida and the driver drove away.  The 23 year old
            woman was apprehended a short time later and charged with vehicular
            homicide and committing a hit-and-run involving death.  A very sad
            ending to a wonderful woman so full of life and love.
               The Long Island legal community mourns the memory of long-time
            SCBA member Judge Sandy for her vivaciousness, her loveliness and
            willingness to go the extra mile.  She did it all – loving wife, mother of
            two  wonderful  sons  Adam  and  Seth,  daughters-in-law  Karen  and
            Sharon, her grandchildren Jacob, Arielle, Joshua and Jonah and sister
            Alice Rudnick.
               She is also mourned by her long-time companion Harvey Besunder
            and his children Alison and Eric. Above it all she was a U.S. Federal
            Judge, well-known in the legal community as a trailblazer.  Everyone
            who knew her loved her for her warmth, her friendliness and approach-
            ability.  We all called her “Sandy.”
               She began her career as an elementary school teacher, but when she
            took a break to raise her two sons, she decided to go to law school and
            graduated Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1979 in its first grad-
            uating class, and thus began her story.
               Judge Feuerstein dedicated her life to public service, as a Nassau
            County District Court Judge starting in 1987, elected to the Nassau
            Supreme Court, followed by an appointment to the Appellate Division,
            Second Department.  In 2003 Judge Feuerstein was appointed to the
            United States District Court, Eastern District of New York by former Pres-
            ident George W. Bush.  Judge Feuerstein and her mother NY Immigra-
            tion Court Judge Annette Elstein, were the first mother-daughter judges
            in the country.
               Judge Feuerstein was assigned to the federal courthouse in Central
            Islip where she had taken senior judge status, allowing the creation of
            a vacancy on the court, but allows a judge to carry a reduced caseload.
               A scholarship has been set up at Cardozo School of Law where Judge
            Feuerstein received her law degree. Donations in her memory can be
            made by visiting the website directly, click the
            “Make a Gift” option, select view more, select “The Honorable Sandra
            J. Feuerstein Scholarship” and continue to fill out the form.

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