Welcome to the official web site of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
This web site contains information on the Commission's authority and jurisdiction, its history and procedures, its recent decisions and other material related to the field of judicial ethics and professional discipline.
New and Noteworthy
The Commission has determined that Janet M. Calano, a Justice of the Eastchester Town Court (Westchester County), should be admonished. The Commission's decision dated May 9, 2016, is available at Calano Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2016 Releases.
On April 28, 2016, the Commission elected attorneys Joseph W. Belluck as Chair and Paul B. Harding as Vice Chair. The Chair and Vice Chair are elected by the members and serve renewable two-year terms. An accompanying press release is available at 2016 Releases.
Sylvia G. Ash, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County, has been appointed to the Commission by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore for a term ending March 31, 2020.
Joseph W. Belluck, a partner in the law firm Belluck & Fox LLP, has been reappointed to the Commission by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for a term ending March 31, 2020. Mr. Belluck was first appointed to the Commission in 2008.
Richard D. Emery, a partner in the law firm of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, has been reappointed to the Commission by Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for a term ending March 31, 2020. Mr. Emery was first appointed to the Commission in 2004.
Biographies of Justice Ash, Mr. Belluck, Mr. Emery and the other members of the Commission are available at Member Biographies.
The Commission has determined that Alan M. Simon, a Justice of the Spring Valley Village Court and the Ramapo Town Court (Rockland County), should be removed from office. The Commission's determination dated March 29, 2016, is available at Simon Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2016 Releases.
Judge Simon has requested review of the determination in the Court of Appeals. Briefs will be filed and the Court will schedule the matter for oral argument.
The Court of Appeals suspended Judge Simon from office, with pay, pending review of the Commission's determination. The Court's order is available at Simon Suspension.
The Commission has released a decision dated March 11, 2016, that West Carthage Village Court Justice Delmar R. House (Jefferson County) has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at House Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2016 Releases.
The Commission has released its 2016 Annual Report, covering activities throughout the calendar year 2015. The Report is available at Annual Report. An accompanying press release is available at 2016 Releases.
The Commission has made public a stipulation that includes formal charges against Michael R. Clark, a Justice of the Hastings Town Court, Oswego County.
Judge Clark had agreed on February 24, 2015, in writing, to "vacate his judicial office on May 31, 2015" and never to seek or accept judicial office at any time in the future. Judge Clark rescinded his resignation by letter to the town board dated May 12, 2015. Therefore, his February stipulation becomes public, the proceedings against him are revived and the matter will proceed to a hearing before a referee. The stipulation, a decision by the Commission accepting the stipulation and Judge Clark's rescission of the resignation are available here. An accompanying press release is available at 2015 Releases.