Kantrowitz sentenced for running over, killing two teenagers

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Sullivan County Courthouse.

MONTICELLO – Former Fallsburg Town Justice Isaac Kantrowitz was sentenced in Sullivan County Court on Thursday in connection with the June 2019 fatal crash on Glen Wild Road in the Town of Thompson that claimed the lives of two teenage boys who were walking alongside the road. He will not be going to jail.

Kantrowitz, 89, had been indicted by a grand jury on a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving and two traffic violations in the deaths of Devin Zeininger and Justin Finkel.

Isaac Kantrowitz

He pled guilty to the reckless driving charge and was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Stephan Schick to never being allowed to drive again, having his driver’s license permanently revoked, and having imposed the maximum permissible fine and surcharge.

Prior to sentencing on Thursday, the families of both boys asked the judge to consider the impact of the loss of two young lives upon their families and their community.

“The deaths of Devin and Justin will always be an unfathomable tragedy,” said District Attorney Meagan Galligan after the sentencing. “When I inherited this case, my office made this investigation a priority and fulfilled our promise to these victims to make a full, fair and legal presentation of this case to a grand jury and to prosecute any crimes it charged.”

The DA said she joined in the recommendations of the two families, but Judge Schick “ultimately determined that justice in this case does not call for incarceration. I recognize the anguish of these families and our community, and I continue to urge our legislators to enact the Vehicular Violence Act to fix the broken laws in our state as they relate to offenses like this.”