New and Noteworthy

Matter of Richard J. Sherwood

The Commission has released a decision dated April 12, 2018, that Guilderland Town Court Justice Richard J. Sherwood (Albany County), has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Sherwood 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. Briefs will be filed and the Court will schedule the matter for oral argument.

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

Matter of Kenneth N. Lafave

The Commission has released a decision dated April 12, 2018, that Ellenburg Town Court Justice Kenneth N. Lafave (Clinton County), has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Lafave Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.

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. Briefs will be filed and the Court will schedule the matter for oral argument.

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.

New Commission Member Appointed

Marvin Ray Raskin, Esq., has been appointed to the Commission by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Biographical information on Mr. Raskin and the rest of the Commission members is available at Commission Members. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.

Annual Report

The Commission has released its 2018 Annual Report, covering activities throughout the calendar year 2017. The Report is available at Annual Report. An accompanying press release is available at 2018 Releases.