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Pending Legislation

Legislation has been introduced to amend certain provisions of the Judiciary Law pertaining to the operations of the Commission on Judicial Conduct, consistent with recommendations the Commission itself has advocated since its inception in 1978. More information, including links to the language, status of the bills, and a memo of support from several respected and influential civic organizations is available at Pending Legislation.

Matter of Kathleen L. Robichaud

The Commission has released a decision dated May 2, 2024, that Kathleen L. Robichaud, a Judge of the Rensselaer City Court, Rensselaer County, has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Robichaud Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Matter of Mitchell Q. Soules, Jr.

The Commission has released a decision dated May 2, 2024, that Mitchell Q. Soules, Jr., a Justice of the Little Falls Town Court, Herkimer County, has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Soules Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Matter of Mark J. Grisanti

The Commission determined that Mark J. Grisanti, a Judge of the Court of Claims and an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, Erie County, should be censured. The Commission's decision dated April 22, 2024, is available at Grisanti Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Matter of David W. Wilbanks

The Commission determined that David W. Wilbanks, a Justice of the Fort Covington Town Court, Franklin County, should be removed from office. The Commission's decision dated April 12, 2024, is available at Wilbanks Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Matter of Gregory P. Storie

The Commission determined that Gregory P. Storie, a Judge of the St. Lawrence County Court, should be censured. The Commission's decision dated April 3, 2024, is available at Storie Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Commission Members Reappointed

Judge Fernando M. Camacho and Brian C. Doyle, Esq., have been reappointed to the Commission on Judicial Conduct for four-year terms commencing April 1, 2024. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Matter of Alec H. Friedmann

The Commission has released a decision dated March 14, 2024, that Alec H. Friedmann, a Justice of the North Elba Town Court, Essex County, has resigned from office and agreed to never seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Friedmann Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Commission Member Reappointed

Joseph W. Belluck, Esq., founding partner of the Manhattan law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP, has been reappointed to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct by Governor Kathy Hochul, for a four-year term commencing April 1, 2024. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Annual Report

The Commission has released its 2024 Annual Report, covering activities throughout the calendar year 2023. The Report is available at Annual Report. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Budget Statement

The Commission's Administrator appeared before a joint legislative budget hearing on January 25, 2024, to discuss the Commission's budget.  A copy of the Administrator's statement is available at Budget Statement.   

Matter of Randy A. Hall

The Commission determined that Randy A. Hall, a Justice of the Dickinson Town Court, Broome County, should be removed from office. The Commission's decision dated October 17, 2023, is available at Hall Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Matter of Edward Timothy Mercer

The Commission determined that Edward Timothy Mercer, a Justice of the Athens Town Court, Greene County, should be removed from office. The Commission's decision dated December 27, 2023, is available at Mercer Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Matter of William H. Futrell

The Commission determined that William H. Futrell, a Justice of the Montezuma Town Court, Cayuga County, should be removed from office. The Commission's decision dated December 12, 2023, is available at Futrell Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2023 Releases.