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.
New and Noteworthy
Matter of James J. Piampiano
The Commission has determined that James J. Piampiano, a Justice of the Supreme Court (Monroe County), should be censured. The Commission's decision dated March 13, 2017, is available at Piampiano Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.
Matter of Michael R. Clark
The Commission has determined that Michael R. Clark, a Justice of the Hastings Town Court (Oswego County), should be censured. The Commission's decision dated March 13, 2017, is available at Clark Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.
New Commission Member Appointed
Taa R. Grays, Esq., has been appointed to the Commission by Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Biographical information on Ms. Grays and the rest of the Commission members is available at Commission Members. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.
Matter of Walter C. Purtell
The Commission has released a decision dated March 15, 2016, that York Town Court Justice Walter C. Purtell (Livingston County) has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Purtell Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.
The Commission has released its 2017 Annual Report, covering activities throughout the calendar year 2016. The Report is available at Annual Report. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.
Matter of Lisa J. Whitmarsh
The Commission has determined that Lisa J. Whitmarsh, a Justice of the Morristown Town Court (St. Lawrence County), should be admonished. The Commission's decision dated December 28, 2016, is available at Whitmarsh Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.
Matter of Carol A. Rumenapp
The Commission has determined that Carol A. Rumenapp, a Justice of the Milford Town Court (Otsego County), should be admonished. The Commission's decision dated December 30, 2016, is available at Rumenapp Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.
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.
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.
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.
Email the Commission:
- Postal Addresses
- 61 Broadway, Suite 1200 ♦ New York, New York 10006 (Principal
Corning Tower, Suite 2301 ♦ Empire State Plaza ♦ Albany, New York 12223
- 400 Andrews Street, Suite 700 ♦ Rochester, New York
- 646-386-4800 (New York City)
- 585-784-4141 (Rochester)
- 646-458-0037 (New York City)
- 585-232-7834 (Rochester)
General Inquiries: email@example.com
Comments Regarding Pending Rules
For information on
public records, go to Public Records on this website.
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