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‘Retirement’ Missing From Vocabulary of NY Judges

The stout, 6-foot-2 Weinstein starts his day with a gym workout that would challenge most people half his age.

“I read the New York Times on the bike — 30 minutes,’’ he said when asked to detail his routine. “Rowing machine — 10 minutes. Elliptical machine — 10 minutes. Jogging machine — 10 minutes. Then the stomach and the other things. And I have a trainer. All told, between an hour and half and two hours.’’

Then he heads straight to work in his 14th floor chambers with sweeping views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

“I can’t wait to get in,’’ he said. “It’s fascinating work and you hope at the end of the day that you’ve done less harm than good. … Why would anyone want to play golf when I can come in and do this?’’

Stephen Spindler, professor of biochemistry at the University of California-Riverside, said studies show that exercise helps people maintain cognitive abilities. But he said the judges were likely a unique subset of the population.

“These are those rare people who feel good already. One of the reasons they can exercise and be very active and are mentally astute is because they are healthy,’’ he said.

Keenan believes the job gives the mind a workout.

“As long as you keep active, it helps you mentally,’’ Keenan said. “It’s like exercise in a sense. If you don’t exercise, your muscles atrophy. I think that if you don’t exercise your mind, it’s the same way.’’

Weinstein says he draws strength from a marriage that’s spanned 66 years. Heredity might be working in his favor as well. His great-grandfather, a blacksmith in Russia, lived to 103.

“He died when he was shoeing a horse,’’ he said with a sly smile. “Whether he was kicked in the head or dropped dead, I don’t know.’’

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