Introduction

Welcome to the official web site of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

This web site contains information on the Commission's authority and jurisdiction, its history and procedures, its recent decisions and other material related to the field of judicial ethics and professional discipline.

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New and Noteworthy

Matter of Lisa J. Powers

The Commission has released a decision dated February 8, 2016, that Clare Town Court Justice Lisa J. Powers (St. Lawrence County) has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Powers Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2016 Releases.

Budget Statement

The Commission's Administrator appeared before a joint legislative hearing on February 4, 2016, to discuss the Commission's budget. A copy of the Administrator's statement is available by clicking here.

Matter of Carl J. Landicino

The Commission has determined that Carl J. Landicino, a Justice of the Supreme Court, 2nd Judicial District (Kings County), should be censured. The Commission's decision dated December 28, 2015 is available at Landicino Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2016 Releases.

Matter of Gene R. Heintz

The Commission has determined that Gene R. Heintz, a Justice of the Sardinia Town Court (Erie County), should be admonished. The Commission's decision dated December 17, 2015, is available at Heintz Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2015 Releases.

Matter of Victoria B. Zach

The Commission has released a decision dated December 10, 2015, that Colden Town Court Justice Victoria B. Zach (Erie County) has agreed to vacate her judicial office effective December 31, 2015, and agreed to never seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Zach Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2015 Releases.

Matter of David M. Trickler

The Commission has determined that David M. Trickler, a Justice of the Birdsall, Burns and Grove Town Courts (Allegany County), should be admonished. The Commission's decision dated December 17, 2015 is available at Trickler Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2015 Releases.

Matter of David P. Daniels

The Commission has released a decision dated December 10, 2015, that Guilford Town Court Justice David P. Daniels (Chenango County) has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Daniels Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2015 Releases.

Matter of Linda A. Becker

The Commission has released a decision dated December 10, 2015, that Newfield Town Court Justice Linda A. Becker (Tompkins County) has agreed to vacate her judicial office effective December 31, 2015, and agreed to never seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Becker Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2015 Releases.

Matter of Michael R. Clark

The Commission has made public a stipulation that includes formal charges against Michael R. Clark, a Justice of the Hastings Town Court, Oswego County.

Judge Clark had agreed on February 24, 2015, in writing, to "vacate his judicial office on May 31, 2015" and never to seek or accept judicial office at any time in the future. Judge Clark rescinded his resignation by letter to the town board dated May 12, 2015. Therefore, his February stipulation becomes public, the proceedings against him are revived and the matter will proceed to a hearing before a referee. The stipulation, a decision by the Commission accepting the stipulation and Judge Clark's rescission of the resignation are available here. An accompanying press release is available at 2015 Releases.

 

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The Commission's Mandate and History

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct is the state agency responsible for investigating complaints of misconduct against judges of the state unified court system and, where appropriate, determining to admonish, censure or remove from office those judges found to have engaged in unethical behavior.  All determinations are subject to review in the Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court.For a fuller description of the Commission's mandate and history, please refer to the section on Mandate & History in the General Information page of this web site.

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Commission Profile

There are 11 Commission members, each serving a term of four years.  The Governor appoints four members, the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals appoints three, and each of the four leaders of the State Legislature appoints one.  The members serve part-time, without compensation.  The Commission elects one of its members to serve as chair.The Commission appoints an Administrator and Counsel, who serves full-time and hires and directs the staff.  The Commission's offices are located in New York City, Albany and Rochester.In addition, the Commission is assisted by a lawyer who is the Clerk of the Commission. A listing of Commission Members and Staff,and selected biographies, are located in the General Information section of this web site.

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Contact Information

The best way to communicate with us is by letter, particularly if your purpose is to make a complaint against a judge.  (See the page within in this web site on Filing a Complaint.)  You may also contact us by fax or e-mail, as indicated below; but please note that, by law, all complaints must be in writing and signed.  Communications regarding complaints should be sent in writing to one of the postal addresses below. Because the Commission members decide whether to investigate a complaint, the Commission staff is not permitted to advise complainants or potential complainants whether their complaints would be investigated.

Postal Addresses
61 Broadway, Suite 1200 ♦ New York, New York 10006 (Principal Office)
          Corning Tower, Suite 2301 ♦ Empire State Plaza ♦ Albany, New York 12223
400 Andrews Street, Suite 700 ♦ Rochester, New York 14604
 
Telephone
646-386-4800  (New York City)
          518-453-4600  (Albany)
585-784-4141  (Rochester)
Fax
646-458-0037  (New York City)
518-486-1850  (Albany)
585-232-7834 (Rochester)
Email the Commission:

General Inquiries: cjc@cjc.ny.gov

Comments Regarding Pending Rules Changes: rulemaking@cjc.ny.gov

For information on public records, go to Public Records on this website.

 

Useful Links:

 

New York State Government

New York State Court System

Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics

Judicial Campaign Ethics Center

Joint Commission on Public Ethics

Court System's Ethics Commission

New York State Judicial Institute

Committee on Open Government

New York Codes, Rules and Regulations