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 Joseph A. Sakowski
The Commission has determined that Elma Town Court Justice Joseph A. Sakowski (Erie County) should be admonished. The Commission's determination dated August 20, 2015, is available at Sakowski Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2015 Releases.
Matter of Andrew P. Fleming
The Commission has determined that Hamburg Village Court Justice Andrew P. Fleming (Erie County) should be admonished. The Commission's determination dated August 20, 2015, is available at Fleming Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2015 Releases.
Matter of Daniel P. Sullivan
The Commission has determined that Whitestown Town Court Justice Daniel P. Sullivan (Oneida County) should be censured. The Commission's determination dated July 14, 2015, is available at Sullivan Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2015 Releases.
Judge Ruderman Appointed to State Supreme Court
Commission Vice Chair Terry Jane Ruderman was confirmed by the State Senate on June 17, 2015, as a state Supreme Court Justice. Judge Ruderman, who had served as a Court of Claims Judge since 1995, has served on the Commission since 1999. Biographies of Judge Ruderman, as well as the other members of the Commission, are available at member biographies.
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 Judge Clark rescinded his resignation by letter to the town board dated May 12, 2015.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.
The Commission has released its 2015 Annual Report, covering activities throughout the calendar year 2014. The Report is available at Annual Report. An accompanying press release is available at 2015 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments Regarding Pending Rules
For information on
public records, go to Public Records on this website.
New York State Government
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Joint Commission on Public Ethics
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Committee on Open Government
New York Codes, Rules and Regulations