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
The Commission has released its 2014 Annual Report, covering activities throughout the calendar year 2013. The Report is available at Annual Report. An accompanying press release is available at 2014 Releases.
Matter of Donald G. Lustyik
The Commission has determined that Norfolk Town Court Justice Donald G. Lustyik (St. Lawrence County) should be admonished. The Commission's determination dated March 25, 2014, is available at Lustyik Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2014 Releases.
Commission Members Reappointed
Rolando T. Acosta, an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, has been reappointed to the Commission by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman for a term ending March 31, 2018. Judge Acosta was first appointed to the Commission in 2010.
Joel Cohen, Of Counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in Manhattan, has been reappointed to the Commission by Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver for a term ending March 31, 2018. Mr. Cohen was first appointed to the Commission in 2010.
David A. Weinstein, a Judge of the Court of Claims, has been reappointed to the Commission by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for a term ending March 31, 2018. Judge Weinstein was first appointed to the Commission in 2012.
Biographies of Judge Acosta, Mr. Cohen, Judge Weinstein and the other members of the Commission are available at Member Biographies.
Matter of Philip A. Crandall
The Commission has released a decision dated March 6, 2014, that Coeymans Town Court Justice and Acting Ravena Village Court Justice Philip A. Crandall (Albany County) has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Crandall Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2014 Releases.
Matter of Cathryn M. Doyle
The Commission has determined that Albany County Surrogate’s Court Judge Cathryn M. Doyle should be removed from office. The Commission’s determination dated November 12, 2013, is available at Doyle Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2013 Releases.
Judge Doyle has requested review of the determination in the Court of Appeals, which has scheduled oral argument for June 5, 2014.
The Court of Appeals suspended Judge Doyle from office, with pay, pending review of the Commission's determination. The Court's order is available at Doyle Suspension.
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 ♦ New York, New York 10006 (Principal
Corning Tower, Suite 2301 ♦ Empire State Plaza ♦ Albany, New York 12223
- 400 Andrews Street ♦ 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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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