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Matter of Richard H. Miller, II

The New York State Court of Appeals has accepted the Commission's determination that Richard H. Miller, II, a Judge of the Family Court, Broome County, should be removed from office.

The Court's decision was issued on October 15, 2020, and is available at Court of Appeals Decision. The Commission's determination is available at Miller Decision.

Matter of Ralph J. Eannace, Jr.

The Commission has determined that Ralph E. Eannace, Jr., a Judge of the Utica City Court, Oneida County, should be admonished. The Commission's decision dated September 28, 2020, is available at Eannace Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2020 Releases.

Matter of Michael E. Knopf

The Commission has determined that Michael E. Knopf, a Justice of the Rathbone Town Court, Steuben County, should be censured. The Commission's decision dated September 23, 2020, is available at Knopf Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2020 Releases.

Matter of Ambrose P. Madden

The Commission has released a decision dated September 21, 2020, that Fenton Town Court Justice Ambrose P. Madden (Broome County), has resigned from office and agreed to never seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Madden Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2020 Releases.

Matter of Michael L. Hanuszczak

The Commission has released a decision dated September 17, 2020, that Onondaga Family Court Justice Michael L. Hanuszczak, has agreed to resign from office and agreed to never seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Hanuszczak Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2020 Releases.

Matter of Matthew J. Parker

The Commission has determined that Matthew J. Parker, a Justice of the Ellenville Village Court, Ulster County, should be censured. The Commission's decision dated August 13, 2020, is available at Parker Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2020 Releases.

Matter of Diccia T. Pineda-Kirwan

The Commission has determined that Diccia T. Pineda-Kirwan, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Nassau County, should be censured. The Commission's decision dated August 12, 2020, is available at Pineda-Kirwan Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2020 Releases.

Matter of Gladys C. Branagan

The Commission has released a decision dated August 6, 2020, that Plymouth Town Court Justice Gladys C. Branagan (Chenango County), has agreed to resign from office and agreed to never seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Branagan Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2020 Releases.

Matter of ShawnDya L. Simpson

The Commission has released a decision dated August 6, 2020, that Supreme Court Justice ShawnDya L. Simpson (Kings County), has agreed to vacate her judicial office and agreed to never seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Simpson Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2020 Releases.

Matter of Michael F. McGuire

The Commission has determined that Michael F. McGuire, a Judge of the County and Surrogate's Courts, an Acting Judge of the Family Court and an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, Sullivan County, should be removed from office.  The Commission’s decision dated March 18, 2020, is available at McGuire Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2020 Releases.

On April 15, 2020, Judge McGuire requested review of the Commission's determination in the Court of Appeals. By letter dated May 14, 2020, the judge withdrew his request for review and signed a stipulation to that effect on June 3, 2020. On August 26, 2020, the Court of Appeals issued an order removing the judge.