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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.

Matter of Clark V. Richardson

The Commission has released a decision dated December 7, 2023, that Clark V. Richardson, a Judge of the New York City Family Court, New York County, has resigned from office and agreed to never seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Richardson Decision.  An accompanying press release is available at 2023 Releases.

Matter of John P. Orzel

The Commission has released a decision dated December 7, 2023, that John P. Orzel, a Justice of the Triangle Town Court, Broome County, has resigned from office and agreed to never seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Orzel Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2023 Releases.

New Commission Member Appointed

Brian C. Doyle has been appointed to the Commission by Senate Minority Leader Robert G. Ortt. Biographical information on Mr. Doyle and the rest of the Commission members is available at Commission Members. An accompanying press release is available at 2023 Releases.

Matter of Benjamin L.F. Leavitt

The Commission determined that Benjamin L.F. Leavitt, a Justice of the Ossining Town Court, Westchester County, should be admonished. The Commission's decision dated September 21, 2023, is available at Leavitt Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2023 Releases.

Matter of Robert J. Putorti

The New York State Court of Appeals has accepted the Commission's determination that Robert J. Putorti, a Justice of the Whitehall Town and Village Courts, Washington County, should be removed from office.

The Court's decision was issued on October 19, 2023, and is available at Court of Appeals Decision. The Commission's determination is availble at Putorti Decision.

Matter of June Shepardson

The Commission has released a decision dated October 12, 2023, that June Shepardson, a Justice of the Moravia Town and Village Courts, Cayuga County, has resigned from office and agreed to never seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Shepardson Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2023 Releases.

New Commission Member Appointed

Nina M. Moore has been appointed to the Commission by Governor Kathy Hochul, for a four-year term ending March 31, 2027. Biographical information on Dr. Moore and the rest of the Commission members is available at Commission Members. An accompanying press release is available at 2023 Releases.

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 and status of the bills, is available at Pending Legislation.