Judge Judy may have a little bit of Riverdale on her mind.
In an episode of her popular syndicated show “Judge Judy” last week, former Manhattan family court judge Judy Sheindlin scolded a 17-year-old litigant for not getting a job to help pay restitution to another driver in a car accident Sheindlin blamed her for.
“You’re 17 years old, get a job,” Sheindlin said on her show, which airs weekdays on WCBS-Channel 2. “My kids worked when they were 17 years old. They worked babysitting, they worked at the Riverdale Neighborhood House, they worked selling peanuts in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium. They worked.”
Although Sheindlin now splits her time between homes in Connecticut and Florida when she’s not in California filming her long-running court show, the judge and her family did indeed call Riverdale home for some time, according to Adam Prato, one of the moderators of the Riverdale Facebook group. According to him, the Sheindlins lived near Fieldston Road and West 255th Street.
Sheindlin has starred in “Judge Judy” since 1996. It’s not clear whether the teenager will make the commute from wherever she lives to follow in the footsteps of Judge Judy’s children. But one thing was clear by the end of that episode — she had lost the case.
Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is keeping a high profile in the news, and not just because she was one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.
U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel demanded Omar apologize last week after he claimed she insinuated that support for Israel was similar to promoting “allegiance to a foreign country.”
“I welcome debate in Congress based on the merits of policy, but it’s unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of follow American citizens because of their political views, including support for the U.S.-Israel relationship,” Engel said.
Omar didn’t immediately respond to Engel, but has said in the past, according to CNN, that critics labeling her as an anti-Semite only want to silence what she described as a “necessary conversation.”
Omar is a member of Engel’s Foreign Affairs Committee.