New and Noteworthy

Matter of Bruce S. Scolton

The Commission has released a decision dated December 6, 2018, that Harmony Town Court Justice Bruce S. Scolton (Chautauqua County), has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Scolton Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.

Matter of John W. Hallett

The Commission has released a decision dated December 6, 2018, that LeRay Town Court Justice John W. Hallett (Jefferson County), has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Hallett Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.

Matter of David F. Porter

The Commission has determined that David F. Porter, a Justice of the Allegany Town Court (Cattaraugus County), should be admonished. The Commission's decision dated November 13, 2018, is available at Porter Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.

Matter of Donald G. Lustyik

The Commission has released a decision dated October 26, 2018, that Norfolk Town Court Justice Donald G. Lustyik (St. Lawrence County), has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Lustyik Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.

Matter of Rennee N. Crofoot

The Commission has released a decision dated October 26, 2018, that Barrington Town Court Justice Rennee N. Crofoot (Yates County), has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Crofoot Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.

Matter of Leticia D. Astacio

The New York State Court of Appeals has accepted the Commission's Determination that Leticia D. Astacio, a Judge of the Rochester City Court (Monroe County) should be removed from office.

The Court's decision was issued on October 16, 2018, and is available at Court of Appeals Decision. The Commission's Determination is available at Astacio Decision.

Oral argument was held before the Court on September 5, 2018. The Court's webcast of the argument is available at COA Webcast Archive - No. 94.

Matter of Terrence C. O'Connor

The New York State Court of Appeals has accepted the Commission's Determination that Terrence C. O'Connor, a Judge of the New York City Civil Court (Queens County) should be removed from office.

The Court's decision was issued on October 16, 2018, and is available at Court of Appeals Decision. The Commission's Determination is available at O'Connor Decision.

Oral Argument was held before the Court on September 6, 2018. The Court's webcast of the argument is available at OCA Webcast Archive - No. 99.

New Commission Member Appointed

The Honorable Robert J. Miller, an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, has been appointed to the Commission by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for a term ending March 31, 2022. Biographical information on Justice Miller and the rest of the Commission members is available at Commission Members. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.