New and Noteworthy

Matter of John M. Skinner

The Commission has determined that John M. Skinner, a Justice of the Columbia Town Court (Herkimer County), should be censured. The Commission's decision dated June 26, 2018, is available at Skinner Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.

Matter of William J. Fisher

The Commission has determined that William J. Fisher, a Justice of the Worcester Town Court (Otsego County), should be admonished. The Commission's decision dated June 26, 2018, is available at Fisher Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.

Matter of Thomas P. Brooks, II

The Commission has released a decision dated June 13, 2018, that Veteran Town Court Justice Thomas P. Brooks, II, (Chemung County), has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Brooks Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.

Matter of Joan M. Kline

The Commission has released a decision dated June 13, 2018, that Guilford Town Court and Oxford Village Court Justice Joan M. Kline (Chenango County), has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Kline Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.

Matter of Deanna Siegel

The Commission has released a decision dated June 14, 2018, that Duanesburg Town Court Justice Deanna Siegel (Schenectady County), has agreed to vacate her judicial office effective June 29, 2018, and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Siegel Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.

Matter of Leticia D. Astacio

The Commission has determined that Rochester City Court Judge Leticia D. Astacio (Monroe County) should be removed from office. The Commission's decision dated April 23, 2018, is available at Astacio Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.

Judge Astacio has requested review of the determination in the Court of Appeals, which has scheduled oral argument for September 5, 2018.

Pursuant to orders of the Court of Appeals dated April 11 and May 8, 2018, Judge Astacio has been suspended with pay.

Matter of Terrence C. O'Connor

The Commission has determined that New York City Civil Court Judge Terrence C. O'Connor (Queens County) should be removed from office. The Commission's decision dated March 30, 2018, is available at O'Connor Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.

Judge O'Connor has requested review of the determination in the Court of Appeals, which has scheduled oral argument for September 6, 2018.

The Court of Appeals suspended Judge O'Connor from office, with pay, pending review of the Commission's Determination. The Court's order is available at O'Connor Suspension.