On Wednesday, August 24, 2022, Law360 reported that New York’s highest court designated Associate Judge Anthony Cannataro to serve as the acting chief judge, citing sources familiar with deliberations. Cannataro will take over after Chief Judge Janet DiFiore leaves this week.

Having served as the city-wide administrative judge for the New York City Civil Court, a busy local court that encompasses housing court and small claims, Cannataro is one of the Court of Appeals’ newest members. According to a court official, Cannataro’s administrative skills will be helpful as he assumes control of the judicial department, its $3 billion budget, and its 16,000 personnel.

DiFiore, who is set to leave office on Aug. 31, said “it is time for me to move on to the next chapter in my professional life.” According to a person with knowledge of the situation, however, DiFiore still faces pending judicial misconduct charges in connection with her involvement in a disciplinary proceeding against a longtime foe, court officer union president Dennis Quirk.

Earlier this month, DiFiore received an ethics complaint filed by former Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy for misconduct and failure to recuse herself from two criminal cases. The complaint alleged that DiFiore improperly used her office to protect her campaign finance chair.

According to Law360:

“The outgoing chief judge’s representatives claim that the ethics investigation being conducted by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct has nothing to do with her resignation.”

Source: Law360


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