BACKGROUND: Westervelt, 65, of Shelter Island, is running on the Democratic and Republican party lines in the general election. She has been Town Justice since 2011 and is running unopposed for re-election as Town Justice. Westervelt is a partner in the Shelter Island law firm of Westervelt & Rea LLP, she concentrates on elder law, real estate, contracts, trusts and estates. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1975. In 1988, she started a four-year night school program at Touro College’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, while working full time as a deputy division manager of procurement and then as manager at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Westervelt began working at Brookhaven National Laboratory in 1976 and retired five years ago. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1993. Westervelt is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the New York State Magistrates Association.