Legion of LoHud celebs donates artistic skills to benefit Brewster charity

The Columbus Day Parade has gone to the dogs!

Well, art shaped like dogs. Whatever. It’s a good cause. Stay with me here.

This Monday, the artwork of celebrities – many with a connection to the Lower Hudson Valley – will be paraded down the streets of New York City as part of an initiative to raise money for a Brewster charity.

gere.jpgAbout 30 celebs painted life-sized fiberglass dogs that will be aboard a float in the city’s Columbus Day Parade. Among the artistic celebs with a local connection are Pound Ridge residents Richard Gere (pictured) and Clive Davis; Bedford residents Chevy Chase, Glenn Close, Robert Kennedy Jr., Paul Shaffer and Martha Stewart; Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams; North Salem resident and John Jay High School alumnus Stanley Tucci; and former Putnam County resident Judge Judy Sheindlin.

The money raised through a subsequent auction will benefit Green Chimneys, a 60-year-old non-profit organization that operates a special education school, a residential treatment center for children and a farm and wildlife rehabilitation center in Brewster. The auction ends Nov. 1.

For the rest of October, the dogs will be on display at the TimeWarner Center in Columbus Circle.

Among the other celebrities to apply their palates to fake pups were Fiona Apple, Rachael Ray, Robin Quivers, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Goodall, Cyndi Lauper, Soledad O’Brien, Joe Piscopo, Mike Richter and Bill Walton.

Check out and bid on all the dogs at www.CharityFolks.com and learn more about Green Chimneys at www.GreenChimneys.org.

(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

EXCLUSIVE: Judge Judy weighs in on Jeanine Pirro’s new TV show

I was in Larchmont today covering a young women’s mentorship program sponsored by Judy Sheindlin, star of the court room show Judge Judy. She said she knows Jeanine Pirro, so I asked Sheindlin what she thought about Pirro’s own court show that debuted this week.tjndc5-5i3tpfwkob51jm8bzfc2_original.jpg

“I haven’t watched the show yet but I will get to see it,” Sheindlin said. “I’m sure she’s terrific.”

As a TV judge veteran, she also had some advice for Pirro, Westchester’s former firecracker district attorney.

“Just be yourself and have a good time,” she said. “Don’t let anyone run you — but you don’t have to tell that to Jeanine.”

Sheindlin lives in Greenwich and is no stranger to the Hudson Valley. Her son Adam Levy is Putnam County’s district attorney and her daughter Nicole Sheindlin lives in Larchmont and is the executive director of Her Honor, the mentorship program I was covering.

You can read my story about the mentorship program here.

( Photo by Frank Becerra Jr. / The Journal News )

Quake shakes up set of ‘Judge Judy’

Judge Judy Sheindlin — and her set — were all shook up during yesterday’s magnitude 5.4 earthquake impacted Los Angeles and its surrounding areas.

judge-judy.jpgCheck out the footage via this CNN link. I kept expected the feisty Sheindlin to quip something like, “Don’t throw a banana peel at my feet and tell me it’s an earthquake,” but she apparently cleared out of there in a hurry.

A couple of swaying light fixtures and rattled audience members, but no one seemed to get hurt here. But if there’s a case against Mother Nature, perhaps Sheindlin’s son, Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy, will take it on.

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Judge Judy sentenced: two more years on TV

After renewing her deal with CBS Television Stations, Judge Judy Sheindlin — judge-judy.jpgmom of newly elected Putnam DA Adam Levy, and whose hubby practices law in Putnam — is now set to be on the air with “Judge Judy” until 2012. Yes, by the time the contract runs out, she’ll be pushing 70.

In a quote on The Hollywood Reporter, CTD president and COO John Nogawski said, “Judge Judy is the unsung hero of syndication, consistently delivering fantastic ratings to our station partners, and were really proud its the only syndicated show growing year to year.”

Me, I always thought the biggest unsung hero was “The Lost World” with Jennifer O’Dell. To each his own.

Thanks to F.O.S. Amy Vernon for the tip.

(Judge Judy Photo: PRNewsFoto/CBS Television Distribution)

CNN poll voters: Keep Judge Judy away from my legal briefs!

judge-judy.jpgNearly two of every three voters in an unscientific CNN poll said they would not want Judge Judy Sheindlin making legal judgments in their lives.

With 9,477 people voting as of 3:04 p.m. EST, here were the poll results:


Would you want Judge Judy to preside over your court case?
Yes: 38 percent (3,643 votes)
No: 62 percent (5,834 votes)


Perhaps most voters feared that adding insult to the injury of losing a case would be to hear her say, “Goodbye! Have a happy life!�

Judy Sheindlin will return to Larry King’s talk show set tonight at 9 p.m. EST. In a February appearance on the show, she discussed everything from Anna Nicole Smith’s death to her support of a Putnam County District Attorney candidate who just happens to be her son. Sheindlin was in Brewster on Tuesday to celebrate Adam Levy’s uncontested election win, which appeared to tally more than 13,000 votes.

(Photo courtesy of Gannett News Service.)

Judge Judy Sheindlin celebrates son’s election victory

judge-judy.jpgEven Election Day brings the stars to the Lower Hudson Valley.

Judge Judy Sheindlin may be a tough cookie on her syndicated courtroom show, but she was a softie last night in Brewster, where she celebrated her son’s uncontested election victory for Putnam County District Attorney. Adam Levy ran on the Republican, Independence and Conservative lines and collected more than 13,000 votes, according to unofficial results tabulated last night.

This evening, WCBS broadcast Judge Judy Productions’ footage of last night’s victory party, which included the following quote from Sheindlin:


He’s worked really hard the last 10 months. My heart is swelling with pride.


OK, enough heart. Back to snapping ungrateful whippersnappers into shape, Your Honor.

(Photo via Gannett Photo Network)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Forbes’ rich list has lots of LoHud love, Richard Moll gets ‘Fantastic’ in Yorktown

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This week’s quiz: Of these “Today” show personalities, who did NOT make Forbes’ most recent list of Top TV Earners?

A. Matt Lauer (formerly of Ardsley, Chappaqua and Hartsdale)
B. Al Roker (formerly of Yorktown)
C. Meredith Vieira (currently of Irvington)

The answer is at the end of the clip and after the break.


Shockingly, the answer’s Al Roker. The guy’s been on “Seinfeld” for cryin’ out loud! Give him a raise.

From Lauer to Leno to Letterman, LoHud celebs dominate Forbes list of TV’s Top Earners

letterman.jpgNorth Salem resident David Letterman earned $40 million from June 2006 to June 2007 through television, ranking him fourth on Forbes magazine’s new list of TV’s Top Earners and tops among celebrities who have lived or attended college in the Lower Hudson Valley.

His newest BFF, Oprah Winfrey, tops the list. And it isn’t even close. She made $260 million in that one-year span, about $200 million more than the runner-up, Jerry Seinfeld ($60 million) and even more over “American Idol” staple Simon Cowell ($45 million).

Suddenly Alex Rodriguez’s contract doesn’t seem so out of the ordinary.

Other LoHudders on the list: Westchester real estate maven and golf course owner Donald Trump (No. 5, $32 million); New Rochelle native Jay Leno (No. 6, $32 million); former Putnam County resident (Judge) Judy Sheindlin (No. 7, $30 million); former Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale resident Matt Lauer (No. 17, $13 million); Sarah Lawrence College graduate Barbara Walters (No. 18, $12 million); and Irvington resident Meredith Vieira (No. 20, $10 million).

(AP Photo/John Paul Filo, CBS)

Suburbarazzo finds LoHud stars all over Walk of Fame

Hey, ‘Burbies! Guess where I was for a long-weekend vacation?


For those of you who guessed “Knoxville,” you clearly missed all those Reading is Fundamental public service announcements from the ’80s. Ah, yes. Tinseltown. Even in the warm California sun, Suburbarazzi was on my mind. I mean, how couldn’t it be? Strolling the Walk of Fame caused for moments of celebration and inspiration. Observe:

Sarah Lawrence College alumna Barbara Walters inspires me to strike a pensive pose. What kind of tree would I be?

I can’t really think of a good pose for former Bronxville resident Ed McMahon, so I do my best to look stately and interested. Or just feel inclined to punch my hip. “Yes!”

Here I am next to the star of former Larchmont resident Joan Rivers. I’m pulling the skin back on my face. Botox, shmotox.

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When Martha met Judy

The two Lohud ladies were in Naples, Florida last week for the Winter Wine Festival and met up at a private dinner/auction.

According to The Naples News, Stewart and the Judge (who were both named by Forbes Magazines as two of the richest women in entertainment) had never met before, but hit it off immediately.


“Where were you when I needed you?” quipped Martha to the straight-shooting judge, as the two hugged. “I had a woman judge, but she wasn’t anything like you. You call a spade a spade.” </div></blockquote>

Stewart, who was wearing a “cream-colored Donna Karan bejeweled top, lace skirt and long brown sweater,� and “strands of pearly jewels draping her neck� looked “nearly angelic,� according to the Florida paper.
The dinner benefited a local children’s charity and was prepared by famed New York chef, Daniel Boulud (of the restaurant Daniel on the Upper East Side).

(Martha: AP Photo/MSLO/Scott Duncan; Judy: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

What’s Judge Judy doing in Putnam?

tjndc5-5bav46dlvtjc22q46bw_layout.jpgSupporting her son, Adam Levy, who announced today that he’s running for District Attorney in the county. Judy (whose last name is Scheindlin and who once lived in Putnam Valley) introduced her son to supporters at the Desmond Fish Library in Garrison. “He has a passion for justice and compassion for victims of crime,� the glowing mother said. She finished by adding he’d make a great D.A. because “I’m his mother.�

I attended the announcement and afterwards asked Sheindlin if her son had consulted with her before making the decision. “He had called me and said, ‘Mom, what do you think?’ which I knew meant he had made up his mind.�

And is she proud of him? “A mother is always proud of her children. But with him it’s so easy because professionally he’s always been a star.�

Sheindlin was dressed in a black dress suit and was much kinder than her acerbic persona on TV would lead you to believe.

How did Judge Judy make Forbes’s list of the 20 Richest Women in Entertainment?

tjndc5-5b1x0rxeyd21cdkyugqo_layout.jpgOr more to the point, how is it possible that a daytime TV judge could somehow have more money than Nicole Kidman and Cameron Diaz?

The Forbes list, which came out yesterday, includes the usual list of suspects: Oprah, J.K. Rowling, Martha Stewart, Madonna. But by far the most surprising name on the list is Greenwich resident Judy Sheindlin, who came in at #13, just behind Britney Spears. Judy’s net worth: $95 million. Apparently, that number was derived from a $100 million four-year contract she signed for her show.

Who knew that Judy was commanding a David Beckham-caliber salary? Furthermore, did her husband, Jerry — who practices law in Putnam — get a similar salary when he was on “The People’s Court” back in the late ’90s?

Suddenly Jeanine Pirro’s career change is starting to make a whole lot more sense.

“The 20 Richest Women in Entertainment” [Forbes]

(Judge Judy: Gannett Photo Network)